By Tulsa Drillers
MIDLAND, Texas–Following a three-day break for the Texas League All-Star Game, the Tulsa Drillers returned to action Thursday night and continued their winning ways. In the opening game of a six-game road trip, the Drillers got a strong outing from starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein and defeated the Midland RockHounds 6-2.
It was the third straight win for Tulsa who improved its second-half record to 5-1 and remained in a first-place tie with Arkansas.
The Drillers never trailed in the Thursday’s game after taking the lead in the top of the second inning. Zach Reks led off the second with a double and scored the game’s first run on a base hit by Jacob Scavuzzo.
They padded their lead with three more runs in the fourth. With two outs and runners at first and second, Keibert Ruiz singled home the second run of the game. Drew Jackson followed with a two-run triple before scoring himself on a base hit by Errol Robinson to make it 5-0.
The Drillers increased their lead to 6-0 in the fifth when Will Smith singled and scored on two-out double from Scavuzzo.
Lobstein blanked the RockHounds through the first five innings, but Tyler Ramirez led off the fifth with a double and scored on a two-out hit by Seth Brown. J.P. Sportman followed with a double that plated Brown with the second run of the inning, and forcing Tulsa manager Scott Hennessey to call on his bullpen.
Layne Somsen replaced Lobstein and recorded a strikeout to end the threat and keep the Drillers lead at 6-2.
Midland would get no closer as Somsen and Shea Spitzbarth combined to close out the game for Tulsa.
WHAT YOU MISSED
*In his second start for the Drillers, Lobstein picked up his first win. The former Detroit Tigers lefthander worked 5.2 innings, striking out four.
*Robinson batted in the leadoff spot for the Drillers and finished with three hits.
*Reks, Scavuzzo and Jackson all had 2 hits as Tulsa totaled 12 in the game.
*Spitzbarth worked two perfect innings with four of the six outs coming via strikeouts.
*Smith had one hit and drew three walks.
*The Drillers produced 5 hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The Drillers will play the second game of their three-game series in Midland Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Tulsa yet to announce a starting pitcher.
MID Joel Seddon (4-4, 5.12 ERA)
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