TULSA– The Tulsa Drillers and Midland RockHounds squared off in a doubleheader Thursday night, and the Drillers swept both games.
In game one, the Drillers were down by three runs in extra innings but came back to steal a 7-6 victory. In game two, Dean Kremer made his Double-A debut and dominated in an 11-strikeout complete game, 2-0 shutout.
Logan Bawcom got the start on the mound in game one and made it through the first two innings unscathed. In the top of the third, the RockHounds started the inning with four straight hits and plated two runs. After a walk loaded the bases, J.P. Sportman perfectly placed a popup in between the left fielder and shortstop for a base hit that put Midland on top 3-0.
The Drillers plated their first run in the bottom of the fifth. Zach Reks led the inning off by roping a double to right field. With two outs, Mike Ahmed hit a grounder to third, in what looked to be the final out of the inning, but Sportman threw it over the first baseman’s head allowing Reks to score the first Tulsa run.
Trailing 3-1 entering their last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, Will Smith led the inning off by launching a ball into the Busch Terrace beyond the left field fence to pull the Drillers within one. D.J. Peters followed with a game-tying shot to right center to even things up at 3-3.
After two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly, the RockHounds took a 6-3 in the top of the eighth, but the Drillers again came roaring back in the bottom half of the inning. Mike Ahmed started the inning at second base, and Errol Robinson drove him in with an RBI single. With two outs, the Drillers rallied with three straight singles by Yusniel Diaz, Smith and Reks to tie the game at 6-6, forcing another inning.
Reliever Nolan Long shut down Midland in the top of the ninth which set up a grand opportunity for Tulsa to win it. With one out, Tyler Goeddel delivered a single to right that plated Peters with the winning run in a 7-6 victory for the Drillers.
The Drillers wasted no time getting the scoring started in the second game. In the bottom of the first, Reks uncorked an opposite-field homer to left-center that put the Drillers on top 1-0.
The score remained the same until the top of the sixth when the Drillers got a valuable insurance run. Peters singled and Keibert Ruiz doubled to start the inning. Cael Brockmeyer then stepped in and hit a fly ball to right for a sacrifice fly that put Tulsa on top 2-0.
Kremer impressed in his first Double-A start of the year. After six very strong innings, the right-hander entered the top of the seventh with the opportunity to finish what he started. He did just that, setting the RockHounds down in order, including the last two on strikes, to seal the 2-0 victory and the doubleheader sweep.
WHAT YOU MISSED
*The Dodgers made a number of roster moves on Thursday that affected the Drillers. Pitchers Michael Johnson and Layne Somsen were placed on the disabled list, andKarch Kowalczyk was placed on the temporarily inactive list. Kremer, Long and Michael Boyle joined Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga.
*Jacob Scavuzzo extended his hitting streak to ten games after his double in the first inning of game two.
*Robinson delivered four hits in the two games.
*Kremer pitched the first complete game for the Drillers this season, and his 11 strikeouts matched Dennis Santana‘s team high from May 11.
*In 2015, Kremer became the first Israeli drafted by a Major League Baseball team. He pitched in the World Baseball Classic for team Israel in 2015.
The Drillers will go for the series win against the RockHounds in the series finale on Friday night. First pitch at ONEOK Field is scheduled for 7:05 and the probable starting pitchers will be:
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