Springfield Powers Past Tulsa

Published 05/06 2014 05:22PM

Updated 05/06 2014 06:37PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals wrapped up their homestand Tuesday with another afternoon game against Tulsa.

And it was another close game to the end.

It's the last school kids at the park day for Springfield this season, 71 bus loads of kids on hand for the game.

And they saw Springfield jump in front in the bottom of the first, Rafael Ortega takes this deep to right center, over the fence into 417 land and it's 1-nothing Cardinals.

Southpaw Kyle Hald was making his first home start in Double AA, he strikes out Jose Rivera here, Hald pitched seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.

He had some help, Jacob Wilson making his Double AA debut with a nice play from behind second base for the out.

Then Springfield adds to that lead in the fourth Cody Stanley takes this deep to left, it drifts into the bullpen, a solo shot it's 2-nothing.

Big leaguer Jason Motte worked a 1-2-3 eighth in his second rehab appearance in Springfield.

Tulsa would score one in the top of the ninth, but Dean Kiekhefer would end the game striking out Jared Simon to end the game, Cards win 2-1.  

Springfield got some power from Ortega and Stanley.

"I tried to hit the ball hard all day," said Springfield center fielder Rafael Ortega.  "He threw me a good pitch in the middle and I hit it good."

"I felt great from the start.  I figured the only thing that guy could beat us with was his fastball," said Cards catcher Cody Stanley.  "He was throwing pretty hard.  He got one up and I was able to put a good piece on it.  And lucky enough it went out."   


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