April 26, 2005 - Oscar Alvarez pitched six strong innings and Shaun Boyd had a pinch hit three-run double, as the Springfield Cardinals beat the Tulsa Drillers by a score of 5-2 on Monday night in Tulsa. The win for the Cards snaps a four-game losing streak and gives them an opportunity to finish their 10-game road trip at .500.
A one hour rain delay in the second inning wasn't enough to keep Oscar Alvarez from winning his second straight decision. Alvarez (2-1) allowed just one run on three hits over six frames, the fourth time this year that he's pitched at least six innings.
After the top of the second ended, the Tulsa groundscrew appropriately pulled the tarp over the infield, as rain began to trickle down. Within ten minutes, a huge downpour began, delaying the game a full sixty minutes.
Alvarez struggled to open the second inning, allowing a walk and a single to lead off the frame. However, he struck out Ryan Spilborghs, who had four hits and six RBI's on Sunday, then got Javier Cardona to line into a double play.
Tulsa got the equalizer in the third, as Doug Bernier reached on a bunt, then scored on a misplayed pop-up off the bat of Tony Miller. The play was ruled a base hit, tying the game at 1-1.
The Cards took the lead for good in the fifth, against Tulsa starter Scott Randall (1-2). Matt DeMarco started the inning with a walk, then moved to third on a double by Papo Bolivar. After Tyler Minges walked to load the bases, Andy Schutzenhofer picked up an RBI, grounding slowly to second baseman Jayson Nix, scoring DeMarco with the go-ahead run.
In the seventh, the Cards iced the game against the Tulsa bullpen. Yusuke Arakawa hit Tyler Minges with one out, then allowed a base hit to Schutzenhofer. Dan Moylen stepped up and grounded one sharply back to Arakawa on the mound. In an attempt to start the inning-ending double play, Arakawa threw wildly to second base, allowing all three runners to be safe. Judd Songster was called out of the bullpen and struck out Milko Jaramillo on three pitches for the second out. Shaun Boyd then pinch hit for Oscar Alvarez, and drove a 3-1 pitch over the head of center fielder Jeff Salazar, scoring all three runners to make it 5-1. For Boyd, the double extends his hitting streak to a season-best 12 straight games.
Tulsa scored another run in the seventh against reliever Andy Cavazos. Doug Bernier's bad-hop single knocked in Ryan Spilborghs, to make it 5-2.
Josh Kinney came out of the pen to began the eighth and got into some trouble, eventually getting Jayson Nix to ground out with two men on base. Kinney would collect his sixth save of the year though, working a scoreless ninth and preserving the 5-2 win.
The Cards now move to 7-11 overall and 4-5 on the current road trip. The Drillers fall to 11-7. The Cards and Drillers play the final game of the five-game series on Tuesday morning at 12:05. The last game of the Cards 10-game road trip will see Jordan Pals (0-3) take the hill against Tulsa's Jonathan Asahina (2-0).
The Cards return to Hammons Field on Thursday, April 28th to face the Corpus Christi Hooks. Great seats are still available by calling the Springfield Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143.
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