The Springfield Cardinals topped the Frisco RoughRiders 7-3 at Hammons Field Tuesday night for Jackie Robinson Day. The Springfield NAACP was on hand to educate fans about Robinson, the legendary player who integrated major league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Robinson won the very first Rookie of the Year award in 1947, was a six-time All Star and the first black player in the major leagues to win the Most Valuable Player award (1949).
The RoughRiders scored first in the top of the third inning. Ryan Dorow singled on a line drive to right field, went to second base on a walk to Leody Taveras and then scored on a single to left by Juremi Profar. 1-0 Frisco.
In the top of the fifth inning, Leody Taveras doubled to right field and advanced to third on a ground out. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Juremi Profar, the second RBI of the game for Profar. 2-0 Frisco.
The Cardinals put a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when Tyler O’Neill singled to left, went to second after a walk to Jose Martinez and scored on a single by Elehuris Montero. Frisco 2 Springfield 1.
The RoughRiders doubled their score in the top of the seventh inning. Ryan Dorow and Leody Taveras hit back-to-back singles. Juremi Profar then drove in both runners with a double to center field. Frisco 4 Springfield 1.
Frisco added another run in the top of the 8th inning. Charles Leblanc singled to left, advanced to third on a single by Chuck Moorman and scored on a sac fly from Brendon Davis. 5-1 Frisco.
Tyler O’Neill took a run back for the Cards in the bottom of the 8th with a home run to left center field. Frisco 5 Springfield 2.
Pena earned the win for Frisco, his first win at Double-A. Evans picked up his 6th save. Rondon took the loss for Cards, falling to 6-5.