11:21 PM EDT, August 4, 2012
Springfield, MO - For the second night in a row, the ballgame at Hammons Field went into extra innings. This time it was the Tulsa Drillers that got the victory, 7-3 in twelve innings.
Corey Dickerson gave Tulsa a four-run lead in the top of the twelfth inning with a grand slam off Springfield's Keith Butler.
Earlier in the game, Dickerson hit a solo home run in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth. He ended the game with six RBIs.
Nolan Arenado scored Tulsa's other run with a solo home run in the sixth inning. At that point, the home run gave Tulsa a 3-2 lead.
The Cardinals tied the ballgame 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Oscar Taveras led off the inning with a single. With Jamie Romak at bat, Taveras stole second base. He advanced to third on a throwing error by Tulsa's catcher. Drillers' reliever Josh Sullivan then threw a wild pitch that allowed Taveras to score from third.
Adam Melker provided the earlier runs in the game for the Cardinals on a two-run home run to left field in the fifth inning scoring Audry Perez.
Springfield had a missed opportunity in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Jermaine Curtis came up to bat against Tulsa reliever Joey Williamson. Curtis grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Jamie Garcia started for Springfield in a rehab start for the St. Louis Cardinals as he is coming off left shoulder impingement. He was held to a 60-65 pitch limit. Garcia eventually lasted four and a third innings on 64 pitches. He allowed one run on two hits, and struck out six Driller batters.
Drillers' starter Joe Gardner made a spot start as the projected starter Tyler Chatwood was called up to the Colorado Rockies. Gardner had not started since July 9. He finished with five innings of two-run ball.
The Cardinals will continue their four-game series with the Drillers Sunday night at 6:08. Springfield will have Seth Maness on the mound against Brandon Hynick of Tulsa.