Cardinals Bats Catch Fire, Pound Frisco 13-9

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

The Springfield Cardinals (30-36; 60-76) used an eight-run seventh inning to beat the Frisco RoughRiders (32-33; 65-69) 13-9 behind 18 hits on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 7,098 at Hammons Field.

W: RHP Alex FaGalde (4-5)
L: RHP Blake Bass (8-4)

– Trailing 7-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Cardinals scored eight runs and sent 12 batters to the plate in what ended up being an eight-run inning. C Brian O’Keefe led off the inning with a groundout, but then eight consecutive Cardinals reached base. Runs crossed on an RBI single by 1B Chris Chinea that made it 7-6, a passed ball that brought CF Conner Capel home and tied it 7-7, a two-RBI single by 2B Kramer Robertson that put Springfield up 9-7, an RBI double by SS Rayder Ascanio that pushed things to 10-7, an RBI single by Zach Kirtley that made it 11-7, and a home run by Johan Mieses which capped the inning at 13-7. Seven of the eight runs in the inning were charged to Bass.

– Just an inning earlier, the Cardinals held a 3-0 lead over Frisco before the RoughRiders put six runs on the board in the top of the sixth.

– Suddenly trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals seemed to take momentum back on a pair of RBI singles by rehabbing St. Louis Cardinals OF Jose Martinez and Ascanio.

– Ascanio led all batters with a 4-for-6 night out of the leadoff spot, driving in two runs and scoring two more. Ascanio has hits in 12 of his last 13 games (19-for-50) and is batting .380 over that stretch.

– Martinez continued to swing a hot bat over his rehab stint in Springfield, finishing Thursday 3-for-4 with an RBI. Through four rehab starts, he’s 7-for-13 with four RBIs.

– LHP Austin Gomber opened for Springfield and tossed two perfect innings, striking out one.

– Capel finished his night 3-for-5 with three runs.

– The 18 hits are the most for the Cardinals in a game since July 21, 2018, when they finished with 19 hits at Arkansas.

– Springfield’s 13 runs ties their season-high, done previously on April 22 in a 13-7 win over Amarillo.

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