The Drillers countered with lefty Edwar Cabrera who had beaten Springfield on April 28th in Tulsa.
Both teams struggled to score runs in the first three and a half innings, but Springfield broke the scoreless tie in the 4th. Two straight singles and walk loaded the bases with no one out before Jake Shaffer singled home the game's first run. Still with the bases loaded, Cabrera was able to wiggle out of trouble getting two shallow fly-outs and a strike out to leave the bases full.
Springfield added two more to their tally in the 6th as the first two batters reached safely before Xavier Scruggs doubled down the left field line to increase the score to 2-0. After a ground out and an intentional walk, Seth Maness, hitting for the first time as a professional, lined a sacrifice fly to right field to help his own cause making it a 3-0 lead.
Kyle Conley added a solo homer in the 7th to give the Cardinals a 4-0 advantage.
Maness, meanwhile, dominated on the mound tossing seven and two-thirds allowing just five hits and allowing Tulsa base-runners to second base just twice. He struck out eight and walked only one. Eric Fornataro came in with two out in the 8th and retired the side before pitching a perfect 9th to pick up his 2nd save.
Springfield will hit the road for six games starting with a three-game set with the San Antonio Missions Wednesday night. Springfield will send righty Richard Castillo to the mound against left Mark Hardy of the Missions. Game time is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Courtesy Springfield Media Relations - Jeff Levering