The Arkansas Travelers knew that playing the Springfield Cardinals would be a fight. They had no idea they’d also have to battle themselves.
Travelers manager Tyrone Boykin pulled outfielder Aaron Peel in the fourth inning after he made an error. Peel didn’t agree with the move and an altercation followed once he returned to the dugout.
Arkansas lost the fight on the field 6-5. Chris Lambert got the start and the win for the Cardinals giving up just one run in 5 2/3 innings. Mark Worrell III retired the side in the ninth to earn a share of the Texas League North saves lead with 11.
Josh Pressley led the way for the Cardinals offense. He had two hits, a solo homer in the second and an RBI double in the fourth. Springfield extended its 2-1 lead with a four run rally in the fourth. Cody Haerther hit a two-run double to jump start the inning.
Haerther’s double was hit to Peel and that is when the fielding error occurred. One more batter came to the plate before Boykin made a defensive substitution for Peel in left field.
The Travelers made a push with three runs in the eighth off reliever Cory Doyne, but it was too little too late.
The Cardinals are 25-16 and two games up in the Texas League North standings.