CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– The Tulsa Drillers played another closely contested game Thursday night against the Corpus Christi Hooks.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, and for the second consecutive night, the Hooks rallied to beat the Drillers 2-1.
Drillers starting pitcher Ben Holmes continued his success since joining Tulsa, pitching a second quality start in just as many outings. Holmes went seven innings giving up only one run on three hits while striking out nine batters.
Both pitchers dialed in to not allow any offense until the bottom of the ninth. Hooks starterBrandon Bielak went eight innings, giving up only two hits and an unearned run while striking out six Drillers.
After a 1-2-3 eighth inning, Tulsa reliever Shea Spitzbarth got into some trouble to start the bottom of the ninth. Back-to-back singles placed two Hooks in scoring position with no outs. The next batter, Carmen Benedetti, hit a fly ball to D.J. Peters that was deep enough to score Ronnie Dawson giving the Hooks the walk-off sacrifice fly and the 2-1 victory.
WHAT YOU MISSED
* Errol Robinson’s stolen base in the fifth inning was his 17th on the season, second most to Drew Jackson.
* The loss dropped the first place Drillers record to 26-20 for the second half.
The Drillers will travel to San Antonio to take on the Missions on Friday night. First pitch at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 and the probable starting pitchers are:
TUL Mitchell White (3-5, 5.19 ERA)
SAN Michel Baez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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