Rico Washington found a sudden thunder in his bat Tuesday. His two home runs and four RBIs helped the Springfield Cardinals beat Midland 7-5.
He hit his first homer in the fourth tying the game at 1-1. After a sacrifice fly in the seventh by Cody Haerther gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead, Washington blasted a three-run homer that put the icing on the cake for Springfield. It was the third two-homer game this year for Washington.
Jordan Pals (4-1) got the start and the win for Springfield. He pitched six innings giving up three runs on eleven hits and striking out five. Reliable closer Mark Worrell III picked up his 14th save of the year. Worrell is tied for the Texas League lead in saves.
The RockHounds tried to mount a comeback scoring two runs of its own in the seventh. Brant Colamarino doubled to score Vasili Spanos. He later scored on a single by Kevin Melillo that ended the night for reliever Rich Scalamandre. Cory Doyne replaced Scalamandre and was able to escape any further damage and protect a 7-5 lead.