The Springfield Cardinals picked up their fourth consecutive win on Saturday night, a 7-2 victory over the Tulsa Drillers at Drillers Stadium.
Springfield left-hander Eric Haberer, making his Double-A debut, worked six quality innings, allowing just one run on five hits. Offensively, Mike McCoy led the way, picking up Springfield’s first home run in the last 12 games.
Leading 1-0 in the third, McCoy turned on a Steven Register (2-6) pitch, ripping a three-run shot over the left field wall. McCoy’s second home run of the year put Springfield up 4-0.
Kevin Estrada, who was on base four times, walked with one out in the fifth inning. After stealing second, Estrada scored his third run of the game, as McCoy singled to make it 5-0. McCoy finished the game 2-4 with a season-best four RBIs.
Haberer (1-0) was rarely tested, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first by getting Christian Colonel to ground into an inning-ending double-play.
The Drillers finally broke through against Haberer in the bottom of the fifth, as Doug Bernier earned a lead-off walk and later scored on Matt Macri’s RBI single, making it 5-1.
The Cards padded their lead, taking advantage of some Tulsa wildness in the eighth. After three singles loaded the bases, Judd Songster issued back-to-back walks on eight straight pitches, as Jarrett Hoffpauir and pitcher Carmen Cali each received a four-pitch walk, forcing in a pair of runs, making it 7-1.
Cali allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth, as Ian Stewart and Christian Colonel opened the inning with consecutive singles. Chris Russ came on and gave up an RBI single to Jud Thigpen, making it 7-2. Russ then got Tino Sanchez to hit into a double-play, before striking out Doug Bernier to end the eighth.
Cory Doyne worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the win for Springfield, who now improves to 6-10 in the second half and 45-39 overall.
Blake Hawksworth goes for the Cardinals on Sunday evening in Tulsa, as the Cardinals look for their first five-game sweep in franchise history. Hawksworth (0-1) makes his third start for Springfield, while Tulsa’s Marc Kaiser (7-7) will throw for the Drillers. Game time from Drillers Stadium is 6:05pm on Sunday night.
The Cardinals return to Hammons Field on Monday, July 10 for a seven-game home stand against Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Great tickets are available for Monday night’s game and all seven games in the home stand by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.