Drillers fall to RoughRiders

By Tulsa Drillers
FRISCO, Texas–In one of the craziest games of the season Monday night, the Tulsa Drillers were unable to protect a late lead and dropped a heartbreaker in Frisco.

The Tulsa offense got started early by capitalizing on timely hits and putting up quality at bats, but the game flipped with a late rally by Frisco as the Drillers fell to the RoughRiders 10-9 in extra innings.

The Drillers got their offense going early. In the first inning, a single by Yusniel Diaz was followed by a Will Smith RBI double. The next batter, Jacob Scavuzzo, homered to put Tulsa up 3-0.

Frisco immediately answered in the bottom of the first. Eliezer Alvarez lead off the inning with a triple and would come around to score after the next hitter, Michael De Leon, drove him in on a groundout. Tulsa starter Andrew Sopko dialed in to retire the next two Riders to end the first.

Frisco continued to cut into the lead an inning later. With one out in the second, a routine double play turned into a run after Errol Robinson‘s throw ended up in the first base dugout, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Tulsa continued generating offense in the top of the third. With the bases loaded, a dropped sacrifice fly off the bat of Smith was followed by a bases loaded walk to Scavuzzo. A D.J. Peters sacrifice fly and another bases loaded walk pushed the Drillers to a 7-3 lead. In the inning, they scored four runs on only one hit and batted around.

Luke Raley added to the lead on the first pitch of the top of the fourth inning, crushing his 13th home run of the season.

In the Frisco fifth, the Riders cut into the lead as catcher Josh Morgan hit a two-run homer trimming the deficit to 8-5.

All-Star pitcher Devin Smeltzer entered the game for Tulsa with one out in the bottom of the seventh and quickly got into trouble. Back-to-back singles by Beck and Garay were followed by a walk to load the bases. Frisco promptly took its first lead of the night with a grand slam homer fromJuremi Profar that give the Riders a 9-8 lead.

Tulsa answered back immediately in the eighth. Raley led off with a single and then moved to third on a ground-rule double by Diaz to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Scavuzzo produced a sacrifice, and Peters doubled allowing the Drillers to take a 10-9 lead.

The Riders tied things up in the bottom of the eighth. Alvarez doubled, then adavanced to third on a wild pitch by Shea Spitzarth. Morgan hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 10-10.

After the Drillers were unable to score in the top of the tenth, the Riders started with Alvarez at second. A a sacrifice bunt moved him to third, and Beck singled to bring home the winning run, sealing the 11-10 Rider win.

WHAT YOU MISSED

*Raley hit his 13th HR of the season, tying him for 4th in the Texas League.

*The home runs by Raley and Scavuzzo pushed the Drillers Texas League leading total to 106.

*The Drillers were out hit 15-8, but capitalized on three sacrifice flies and seven total walks, with two coming with the bases loaded in the third inning.

*The loss dropped the Drillers record to 6-3 for the second half.

UP NEXT

The Drillers will take on the RoughRiders again on Tuesday night. First pitch at Dr Pepper Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 and the probable starting pitchers are:

TUL  TBD
FRI   Justin Topa (3-2, 3.12 ERA)


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