Drillers hold off Riders’ rally

By Tulsa Drillers
FRISCO, Texas–The Tulsa Drillers entered Tuesday night’s game against the Frisco RoughRiders looking to salvage a game after dropping the first two of the three-game set.

The Drillers entered the bottom of the ninth up 9-3, but saw the RoughRiders rally with four runs and bring the potential winning run to the plate. But, relieverStetson Allie entice a game-ending fly out as the Drillers held on and took the series finale 9-7.

Tulsa jumped in front early, recording three extra base hits in the top of the second to get the scoring started. D.J. Peters started things off with a single, and Mike Ahmed brought him home with a double. A couple batters later, Errol Robinson hit his first triple of the season, then was plated after Luke Raleycrushed a double to put Tulsa on top 3-0.

Parker Curry, who was re-called from Rancho Cucamonga on Monday to make his third start of the year, was the benefactor of the early offense. The right-hander yielded only one run to the RoughRiders, and that came on a solo home run to Juremi Profar in the bottom of the second.

The Drillers bats kept rolling in the top of the fifth. Jacob Scavuzzo started the inning with a double to left, then D.J. Peters launched a ball to center that bounced off the top of the wall, and into the lazy river for a homer to stretch the lead to 5-1.

Three more hits led to another Drillers run in the top of the sixth. Tyler Goeddel singled and Robinson doubled to put runners at the corners. Zach Reks then hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 6-1.

In the top of the eighth, three vital insurance runs were added. After Raley was hit by a pitch, Reks brought him home with his first triple of the season. Scavuzzo then reached on a fielder’s choice, and Drew Jacksonplated Reks with a sacrifice fly. The Drillers lead increased to 9-1 when Mike Ahmed picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice ground out.

The insurance runs would prove to be beneficial. After the Riders added two runs in the eighth, reliever Dylan Baker gave up a walk and a single to start the bottom of the ninth. Brian Moran replaced him and quickly recorded an out, then hit a batter to load the bases.

After Moran recorded a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Preston Beck came in and launched a grand slam to pull Frisco within two. Another single and a walk would spell the end of the night for Moran.

Stetson Allie was called upon to record the final out. The rally came to an end when he got Carlos Garay to line out to right, earning his first save of the season and sealing the Drillers 9-7 victory.

WHAT YOU MISSED

*The Drillers out-hit the Riders 16-8, including nine extra-base hits. They were two short of their season-high of 18 that they hit on May 20.

*Peters’ homer in the fifth inning was his 16th of the season, which is tied for the most in the Texas League.

*Robinson, Peters and Ahmed each had three hits in the game.

*Corey Copping struck out four in two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

The Drillers return home on Wednesday night to begin a seven-game homestand. They will open up a four-game series against the Midland RockHounds. First pitch at ONEOK Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


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