TULSA– The Tulsa Drillers jumped to an early lead Friday night in the second game of a four-game series with Arkansas, but the Travelers responded with nine straight runs and defeated the Drillers 9-1 at ONEOK Field.
The defeat spoiled the Double-A debut of pitcher Dustin May, who is ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system by MLB.com.
With the loss, Tulsa’s second-half record dropped to 24-17 and its first-place lead was reduced to three games over the second-place Travelers.
Eric Peterson provided the only offensive highlight of the night for the Drillers when he delivered his first Double-A home run leading off the bottom of the second inning.
The 1-0 lead held until things unraveled in the fourth inning. After opening with three scoreless innings, things unraveled for May in the fourth as the Travelers batted around in a five-run inning. They went in front when the first five batters in the inning hit safely, plating two runs.
A third run scored on a ground out before Oklahoma State second baseman Donnie Walton delivered a two-run double that gave the Travelers a 5-1 lead.
The Travs added another run in the sixth before Chuck Taylor capped the night with his third homer of the season in the eighth.
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Williams Perez started on the mound for the Travelers and picked up the win after working the first seven innings. In three starts against Tulsa this season, the right-hander has surrendered only 2 earned runs in 18.1 innings.
WHAT YOU MISSED
*May worked 3.2 innings and was charged with five runs on eight hits and took the loss.
*Cael Brockmeyer was hitless in three at-bats, ending his 10-game hitting streak.
*Every Arkansas batter in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the game.
The Drillers will and Travelers will continue their series Saturday night with game three of the four-game set. Starting time at ONEOK Field is scheduled for 7:05. The pitching matchup for the third game will be:
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