Springfield, MO - The Arkansas Travelers defeated the Springfield Cardinals 8-4 behind Jimmy Swift's big bat, taking two of three in the series.
Springfield got on the scoreboard first, with a Jamie Romak line drive RBI single to center after Orangel Arenas walked the first two batters to start off the game.
Paul McAnulty led off the top of the second with a solo shot off the training facility in right field. A Casey Haerther double and a Jimmy Swift single put runners at the corners for Alberto Rosario. Haerther would then score when Cards second baseman Kolten Wong threw a double play ball away, making it 2-1 in favor of the Travs.
The Cards would come right back in the bottom of the second when Greg Garcia's bases loaded groundout brought in a run to tie the game. Despite putting the first three batters of the inning on base, Orangel Arenas was again able to avoid catastrophe and escape the inning with only the one run given up.
The Cardinals would take the lead when Chris Swauger hit a high chopper off the plate that soared over the first baseman's head to bring Greg Garcia home and send Jamie Romak to third base. Garcia led off the inning with a double and Romak reached base on a walk. Scruggs followed Swauger's single with one of his own to bring in Romak and make it 4-2 Cards.
A wild pitch from Seth Maness gave the Travs a run after a Paul McAnulty double to deep left put runners at second and third. Jimmy Swift would deposit a pitch into the Travs bullpen in left for a two run homer and give Arkansas the lead back, 5-4.
In the top of the seventh, Roberto Lopez hit a bases-loaded single to bring in two runs and make it 7-4 for the Travelers. An infield single from Swift would push the lead to 8-4. After coming into the game 3-for-29 against the Springfield Cardinals, Arkansas Travelers third baseman Jimmy Swift would finish 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
Arkansas starter Orangel Arenas pitched four and one-thirds innings, giving up four runs, four hits, and six walks. He struck out four Cardinal batters.
Reliever Mike Piazza (2-3), pitching just one scoreless inning of two-hit ball, gets the win for Arkansas. Travs relief pitchers Buddy Boshers and Caleb Graham combined for two and two-thirds shutout innings. Kevin Johnson shut down the Cardinals in the ninth inning to end the game.
Cardinal starter Seth Maness (8-2) earns his second loss of the season, pitching six innings while giving up eight hits and five runs. He walked none and struck out four. Deryk Hooker gave up three runs over two-thirds of an inning pitched in relief. Keith Butler pitched one and one-thirds innings, giving up three hits and Jorge Rondon pitched a perfect eighth inning.
Springfield will begin a seven-game road trip beginning in NW Arkansas against the Naturals Friday night at 7:00pm. The Cardinals will have Scott McGregor on the mound against Noel Arguelles of the Naturals.
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