Down By Four, Travs Come Back For Win

    8:59 PM, Jun 12, 2011   |    comments
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    Down 4-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, the Travs responded. After two groundouts to shortstop to start the inning, Trout singled to center. Ryan Mount followed with a walk and Luis Jimenez hit a two-run double to left field to make it a 4-2 Cardinals' lead. Mount injured his right foot rounding third before scoring the second run. Right-fielder Roberto Lopez took Springfield starter Kevin Thomas' second pitch onto the left-field berm to tie the game 4-4.
    The Travs (30-28), first place in the Texas League North division, took the lead 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth on another two-out double by Jimenez. Trout, who reached on a single, scored his second run of the game on the double. Jimenez pushed his team-leading RBI total to 39.
    Travs' left-fielder Clay Fuller drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth and advanced to third base on Dillon Baird's single to right field. Alberto Rosario grounded it to the shortstop for a potential double play, but Ryan Jackson booted the ball for an error, allowing Fuller to score from the RBI to give the Travs a 6-4 lead.
    Righty Matt Shoemaker (4-1, 2.91) got the start and the win for the Travs. After a rocky first three innings, Shoemaker settled down to pitch seven innings, giving up four runs on a season-high 11 hits, striking out five without a walk.
    Thomas (1-4, 4.96) got the loss for the Cardinals, giving up six runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking three.
    The Travs picked up two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Richard Castillo relieved for Thomas and gave up five hits in the inning. Trout led off with a triple to left field and scored on Darwin Perez' infield single to make it a 7-4 lead. After Jimenez reached on a fielder's choice for the first out, the Travs netted a run on three consecutive singles to give them an 8-4 lead.
    Righty Christian Scholl relieved for Shoemaker in the top of the eighth inning and gave up two-run homerun to catcher Charlie Cutler, his second of the game and of the year, to make it an 8-6 Travs lead.
    Travs' closer, righty Ryan Brasier, picked up his 11th save of the year while striking out the side in the ninth.
    North Little Rock native D'Marcus Ingram doubled to centerfield to start the game off for the Cardinals. Ingram moved to third on a groundout to first and scored on Steven Hill's double to centerfield to give Springfield a 1-0 lead. Ingram went 1 for 5 for the game.
    The Cardinals (29-32) hit one-out, back-to-back solo homeruns in the top of the second inning to give them a 3-0 lead. Shortstop Ryan Jackson hit a homerun to left field and Cutler pulled his first homerun of the year to right field.
    Shoemaker struck out the side in the top of the third, but gave up an RBI double to left-fielder Chris Swauger in between that scored Eric Duncan to give the Cardinals a four-run lead.
    Duncan led the top of the seventh inning off with a ground-rule double to right field and reached third when Hill flew out to right field. Shoemaker would avoid any damage though, as he got Swauger to pop up to Darwin Perez, who replaced Mount, and Alex Castellanos lined out to Jimenez at third base to end the inning.
    Trout finished 3 for 5 and scored three runs, Jimenez went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Lopez went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs to lead the Travs.
    Former Arkansas Razorback and current St. Louis Cardinals' No. 2 prospect (Baseball America), third baseman Zack Cox, went 0 for 4. Springfield's No. 7 and 8 hitters, Ryan Jackson and Charlie Cutler, went a combined 7 for 8 with four runs and four RBIs. Duncan, Swauger and Hill each had two hits a piece for the Cardinals.
    The Travs hit 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base, and Springfield hit 2 for 14 with RISP, reaching base with at least one hit in every inning against the Travs, and left eight men on.
    The Travs play the Springfield Cardinals in the second game of their four-game series on Monday, June 13, at Dickey-Stephens Park. Righty Garrett Richards (6-1, 3.57) will start for the Travs, while righty Maikel Cleto (2-1, 2.70) starts for the Cardinals.
    Richards got the win versus the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in his last outing on June 8, pitching seven innings. He gave up one run on three hits, striking out six with a walk. Cleto last pitched on June 8 and got the win against Tulsa, giving up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out nine and walked one. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 and gates open at 6:10.

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