Springfield, MO- Starting pitching was the name of the game in the Springfield Cardinals 4-1 victory over the Arkansas Travelers in the third game of the four-game series.
Cardinals' starter Seth Maness (3-0) threw a five-hit complete game for the win. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Maness threw just 84 pitches and no more than 11 in an inning, to completely stymie the Travelers' offense. It was the first complete game by a Cardinals pitcher since 2010.
Arkansas Travelers starter Johnny Hellweg (2-5) threw eight strong innings and earned the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out three with a fastball that hit 100 mph on the radar gun.
The Cardinals did their damage in the bottom portion of the second when Kyle Conley hit a full-count fastball into left-center for a three-run homerun, after Hellweg walked consecutive batters.
The Travelers scored their lone run on a Jean Segura solo homerun in the top of the sixth.
Both sides saw spectacular defense. The Travs second baseman Darwin Perez made a highlight reel play in the bottom of the sixth. He dove to stop a liner up the middle and unable to make the play at first, glove flipped the ball to the shortstop Jean Segura, who snagged the flip barehanded and fired to first to make the out.
Jake Shaffer and Chris Swauger each had two hits and a run scored.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun