Cardinals head to Texas League championship series
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Cardinals, facing a must win situation in game five, defeated the Tulsa Drillers 3-1 on Sunday to advance to the Texas League championship series.

The Cardinals, who never led in Saturday night's game, were determined to strike first. They did so in the second inning. Jamie Romak led off with a double and came in to score on a double by Chris Swauger. After a groundout moved Swauger to third, Xavier Scruggs delivered a sacrifice fly to left to put Springfield in front 2-0.

Tulsa responded with a run of its own in the third as Tim Torres reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a two-out double by Corey Dickerson, cutting the Springfield lead to 2-1.

In the fourth, the Cardinals got a lead-off double by Chris Swauger and scored on Scruggs'second sacrifice fly to give Springfield a 3-1 advantage.

Boone Whiting was sensational in just his third Class AA start, allowing just one run on one hit while walking two and striking out four. He retired the last 11 batters he faced.

Like clockwork, Eric Fornataro pitched a scoreless 8th with two strikeouts and Keith Butler allowed a two-out single to Troy Tulowizki before retiring pinch hitter Kiel Roling to end the game with Springfield winning 3-1.

With the win, the Cardinals are headed to the Texas League Championship Series for the first time since 2007. They'll face the winner of the South Division, the Frisco RoughRiders, in a best-of-five series.

The Championship Series will start Tuesday night at 7 at Hammons Field. Like every Tuesday this season, it's a Dollar Dog Day featuring $1 hot dogs thanks to Great Southern Bank.  There will also be a pre-game Sept. 11 tribute and fireworks to follow the game. Springfield will send righty Carlos Martinez to the mound.  


Courtesy of: Springfield Cardinals