April 17, 2005 - SPRINGFIELD, MO – Randy Leek went eight innings and Reid Gorecki hit his first home run of the year, as the Springfield Cardinals gained their first road win in franchise history, beating the Wichita Wranglers by a final of 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.
Leek's eight innings were a season-high for any Cards pitcher, as he allowed just one run on six hits. As a starter, Leek (2-0) has only allowed one run in 15 innings. The only mistake he made all day, was a home run allowed to Wichita's Brennan King, a solo shot off the scoreboard in left-center field in the fifth inning. Leek allowed just the one run on six hits. He struck out just one, but didn't allow a single walk.
Reid Gorecki's three-run, line drive homer over the center field wall put the Cards on the board in the third inning. For Gorecki, he finished with a season-best three hits, including his first home run of the 2005 season.
After Wichita picked up their lone run of the day in the fifth, Leek continued to sparkle, allowing just one hit in his last three innings.
The Cards got a big insurance run in the eighth, making it 4-1 against Wranglers starter Kyle Middleton (0-2), as Gabe Johnson followed Tyler Minges' double with an RBI single. Like Gorecki, it was also Johnson's first three-hit day of the season.
In the bottom of the inning however, the Cards took their first serious injury hit of the season. With Wichita's Mike Aviles at the plate, Cards catcher Gabe Johnson ripped off his mask and raced towards the Wichita dugout in search of a foul pop-up off the bat of Aviles. Johnson slid into the concrete wall of the dugout, injuring his right knee. After Johnson got to his feet, he was carted back to the Cards locker room. It is currently unknown how long Johnson will be out of action.
In the ninth, Josh Kinney came on and worked a 1-2-3 inning, giving him a team-best third save of the season.
With the win, the Cards go to 4-6 and improve their road record to 1-4. Wichita drops their fourth straight and fall to 2-8 overall. Springfield looks to make it two straight, sending Jeremy Cook (1-0) to the hill on Monday night in the second game of the five-game series. Wichita will counter with right-hander Brian Bass (1-0). Game time from Wichita on Monday night is 7:00.
The Cards are currently in the middle of a 10-game road trip with stops in both Wichita and Tulsa. They 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.
Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now by calling the Springfield Cardinals ticket office at (417) 863-2143, or by visiting www.springfieldcardinals.com. All Cardinals games are broadcast live on JOCK 98.7 FM and online through the Cards website at www.springfieldcardinals.com