By Pat Turner
After Sunday afternoon’s 7-3 humping from Springfield Sunday afternoon at Wolff Stadium, the Missions had one bit of good news.
The Cardinals, who swept all three games, are heading back North.
The Texas League North Division leaders stumped the top team in the South Division with more clutch hitting and pitching in Sunday’s outing.
Springfield enjoyed much of its success against San Diego Padres pitcher Colin Rea, who was making his second rehab start with the Missions. Rea gave up six hits while being tagged for five runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Springfield, which won a 7-3 decision Saturday, broke through with four of those runs in the third.
After a one-out walk to Tommy Edman, Edmundo Sosa dropped an RBI single to right and Lane Thomas brought home two more with a single. Victor Roache rounded out the scoring with another single.
The Missions got on the board with two outs in the fourth when Michael Gettys lined a single to left and scored on Taylor Kohlway’s triple.
Springfield came back with a run in the fifth on Thomas’ RBI single, only to see San Antonio do the same in the bottom of the frame after Fernando Tatis slammed a triple and scored on France’s sacrifice fly.
Once again, the Missions were unable to use the run to spark something bigger, because Springfield countered Blake Drake’s two-run homer off reliever Lake Bachar for a 7-2 lead.
Kohlway homered in the ninth for the Missions, but that is as far as the rally went.