There would be no late-inning heroics for the Frisco RoughRiders in their second game against Springfield.
The RoughRiders fell behind early and could not dig out of the hole they created, losing 9-6 to the Cardinals at Dr. pepper Ballpark.
Shelby Miller, the number one prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, improved to 4-1 on the year. The Houston native allowed two runs in six innings.
On the other side, Carlos Pimentel allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings, including three in the second.
Zack Cox singled home Alex Castellanos for the first run and eventually scored on a wild pitch from Pimentel. Jose Garcia drove home Chris Swauger on a fly ball.
Cox singled home another run in the third to make it 4-0. Frisco responded with two in the fourth — Engel Beltre and Jose Felix had back-to-back doubles, and Leonys Martin drove in Felix. Martin has three RBI in his first two games back.
Springfield added one more run on Ryan Jackson’s RBI double in the fourth, then added a pair in both the sixth and seventh.
Ruiz homered in the bottom of the seventh, and the Riders scored three in the ninth as Beltre drove in two and scored on a wild pitch, but they did not get any further.