The Springfield Cardinals overcame a first inning, 4-0 deficit to top the Tulsa Drillers 8-5 in a rain-shortened game. The downpour in Springfield forced officials to end the game after Tulsa batted in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cardinals snapped a 5-5 tie with Reid Gorecki’s lead-off home run. It was his eighth of the season and second of the game. Cody Haerther’s two-run shot with one out made it 8-5 and capped the rally.
The Drillers started the scoring with a lead-off homer from Seth Smith in the first inning. Ian Stewart’s double drove in another run. Later in the inning, Matthew Macri lifted a two-run shot to make it 4-0, Tulsa.
Gorecki hit his first homer of the game in the bottom of the first, to cut the Tulsa lead to 4-2. The Drillers added another run in the top of the second. In the bottom of the fourth, starting pitcher Stuart Pomeranz tied the game at 5-5 with a double that scored Juan Richardson and Iker Franco.
Despite getting tagged for five runs, Pomeranz got the win to improve to 2-0.