The Midland RockHounds get an RBI single from Dan Gamache in the eighth inning to beat the Springfield Cardinals 4-3 Saturday night at Hammons Field.
The RockHounds jumped on Springfield starter Evan Kruczynski for three runs in the second inning, with right fielder Greg Deichmann’s three run homer to left the big blow.
The Cardinals’ designated hitter, Chris Chinea, got the home team on the board with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the second, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Springfield got the game tied with two runs in the bottom of the fourth off Midland starter Mitchell Jordan.
Catcher Brian O’Keefe led off with a single and after Elehuris Montero struck out, Conner Capel walked.
Chinea came up big again, doubling just past the third baseman and driving in O’Keefe.
Juan Yepez knotted the contest 3-3 with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Capel.
After Midland regained the lead in the top of the eighth, the Cardinals put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning, but Yepez took a called third strike to end the threat.
Springfield threatened again in the ninth as Rayder Ascanio singled with one out, but Kramer Robertson popped out to the catcher in foul territory and Johan Mieses grounded to second to end the game.
Saturday’s attendance was 6,256 and the fans were treated to the final fireworks show of 2019 after the game.
The Cardinals drop to 30-38 in the second half (60-78 overall), with two games remaining.
Midland improves to 37-31, 71-66 and will likely move just 1/2 game behind the Amarillo Sod Poodles in the Texas League South Division.
The Cards and RockHounds continue the series Sunday night, with Angel Rondon (6-5, 3.21 ERA) taking the mound for Springfield.
James Kaprielian (2-1, 1.63 ERA) will pitch for Midland.
First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m.