Cardinals Double Up Travelers

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

The Springfield Cardinals (26-29, 56-69) secured a series win with a 6-3 final over the Arkansas Travelers (30-25, 73-50) on Saturday night in front of 5,577 fans at Hammons Field.

DECISIONS:
W: RHP Mitchell Osnowitz (2-1)
L: RHP Wyatt Mills (4-2)
S: RHP Connor Jones (7)

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
– Cardinals RF Johan Mieses went down and lined a 1-0 pitch from Mills into the Travelers bullpen with two on and two outs in the eighth, putting the Cardinals ahead for good at 6-3.

– Mills managed to retire the first two batters of the eighth inning before SS Rayder Ascanio lined a double into right. Next, the Travelers elected to intentionally walk 3B Yariel Gonzalez and pitch to Mieses, who promptly hit what proved to be the game-winner.

– Two innings earlier, Gonzalez tied the game 3-3 with a two-out three-run home run of his own, this one coming off LHP Matt Tenuta.

– After loading the bases with three walks in the first inning, the Travelers went ahead 2-0 on 2B Jordan Cowan’s two-out single off Cardinals RHP Johan Oviedo.

– Arkansas extended its lead to 3-0 on an RBI single by CF Jarred Kelenic in the fifth.

NOTABLES:
– Mieses finished the night 2-for-4, homering (13) for the second straight game.

– Gonzalez’s home run was his 11th with Springfield.

– Oviedo allowed three runs on three hits and seven walks over 5.0 innings, striking out seven.

– RHP Will Latcham pitched 2.0 perfect relief innings, striking out one. RHP Mitchell Osnowitz followed those up with a perfect eighth inning before the Cardinals called upon Jones (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K) for his second save of the series.

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