LIVE BLOG: Springfield Cardinals 2021 Home Opener
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - FINAL SCORE: Wichita Wind Surge 2, Springfield Cardinals 0
The Springfield Cardinals come short in the ninth inning, falling 2-0 in the season opener.
Edgar Escobar works a scoreless ninth inning for the Springfield Cardinals, who used three pitchers to navigate through nine innings.
Escobar strands a runner on third base with a strikeout looking.
Big bats are coming up for the Springfield Cardinals in Justin Toerner, Nolan Gorman and Luken Baker. The Cardinals trail 2-0.
Wichita opens up the scoring at Hammons Field. Dalton Roach, who is working in his third inning for Springfield, allows a two-out single to Mark Contreras, which scores the game’s first run.
The next batter, Andrew Bechtold, singles home another run for a 2-0 Wichita lead.
The best scoring chance for either team yet, but the scoreboards still show zeroes in the run column.
Juan Yepez smokes a two-out double for Springfield. Then, Nick Plummer pokes a single to left field, but Wichita LF Aaron Whitefield throws out what would have been the game’s first run at home plate.
Still scoreless after seven innings.
We’ve reached the seventh-inning stretch at Hammons Field, and there’s still no score.
It’s a pitchers duel between both teams, and both bullpens are getting involved. Springfield’s Dalton Roach has completed two scoreless innings, striking out three.
Dalton Roach gets the call from the bullpen as the game remains scoreless after five innings.
Domingo Robles tosses five innings of no-run ball and gets stretched out to 77 pitches, but will end the night without a decision. His final pitching line: 5 innings pitched, 0 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.
The Springfield Cardinals have five singles through four innings, but remain scoreless after four innings.
Ivan Herrera gets his first hit of the season, but is thrown out at second attempting to steal to end the inning. The Springfield Cardinals have not yet had a runner advance past second base.
Three scoreless innings for Domingo Robles. Springfield infielders Irving Lopez and Delvin Perez try to spark a rally in the bottom of the third, picking up back-to-back singles.
With both runners on and two outs, Nolan Gorman works the count full on another eight-pitch at-bat, but he strikes out swinging. Still no score in Springfield.
No score after two frames. Starting pitchers Domingo Robles and Josh Winder each toss another scoreless inning.
Nick Plummer notches a two-out single, but gets thrown out at second base trying to steal to end the inning.
One inning in the books, and it’s a scoreless tie at Hammons Field.
The Nolan Gorman era in Springfield is off to a nice start. After the diving defensive play, he works a eight-pitch at-bat against Wichita SP Josh Winder in his first at-bat. He grounds out after a hard-hit ball to shortstop, missing an infield single by just a step or too.
Delvin Perez sneaks a ball past Wichita’s infielders for the first Springfield Cardinals hit of the year. He gets thrown out at second base attempting to turn the hit into a double.
Nolan Gorman, regarded as one of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, makes a diving play to rob a hit. He gets the second out of the season with a force play at third base.
Springfield Cardinals Opening Day starter Domingo Robles allows two of the first three runners to reach base, but gets out of a first inning jam to keep the game scoreless.
LIVE REPORT from KY3 Sports Director Jason Lamb:
Happy Opening Day! The Springfield Cardinals return to Hammons Field for their first game action since Sept. 2019.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. Follow along this live blog for updates from KY3 News.
Delvin Perez SS
Justin Toerner CF
Nolan Gorman 3B
Luken Baker 1B
Ivan Herrera C
Juan Yepez DH
Nick Plummer LF
Chase Pinder RF
Irving Lopez 2B
Domingo Robles SP
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