The Springfield Cardinals went put on an offensive buffet on Monday night in a 13-5 win over the Tulsa Drillers in Tulsa.
Springfield scored eight of those 13 runs in the fourth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. With the Cardinals down 2-1, Travis Hanson led off the inning with a single and Gabe Johnson followed up with his second home run of the season to give Springfield a 3-2 lead. Papo Bolivar and Kevin Estrada singled and doubled next to put runners at first and third. Dan Moylan’s grounder was picked up by Tlsa pitcher Xach Parker who threw to third baseman Luis Guance, who then fired home to catcher Tino Sanchez to get Bolivar at home.
Jeremy Cummings reached on a bunt and drove in Estrada to make it 4-2. Next up was Shaun Boyd, who hit a three-run homer to give Springfield a 7-2 advantage. In Hanson’s second at-bat of the inning, he drove in Herr with a double and Johnson drove in Hanson with a single, but Hanson was called out at second base as he tried to turn it into a double.
The damage was done, though Springfield rallied again in the fifth to score three more runs. In all Boyd finished 3-for-5 with six RBI’s and two home runs. Johnson finished with three RBI’s.
Cummings got the win, despite allowing five runs to improve to 5-3 on the season.