Drillers Get Shut Out In Tuesday Matinee - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Drillers Get Shut Out In Tuesday Matinee

Posted: Updated:


Last year, Springfield right-hander Boone Whiting ended the Tulsa Drillers season with a one-hit gem in the fifth and deciding game of the North Division playoff series. Tuesday afternoon in Springfield, the Drillers saw Whiting for the first time since that season-ending loss and the result was very similar. The 23-year-old Californian allowed only four hits in seven shutout innings to help the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory at Hammons Field.

The defeat for the Drillers came in the final game of a seven-game road trip in which they went 2-5. They now return to Tulsa to begin a nine-game homestand Wednesday afternoon at ONEOK Field.

Tuesday's outing was Whiting's third start against the Drillers since his promotion to the Double A level last August. In those three starts, he has surrendered only 2 runs in a combined 20 innings. In this victory, he did not walk a batter and struck out seven.

The performance overshadowed another strong start from Tyler Matzek. The lefthander suffered the loss despite allowing only two runs on six hits in six innings of work. Matzek, who has not surrendered more than three runs in any of his six starts this season, lowered his ERA to 3.19.

All of the offense in the game came on a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. With a runner at first and two outs, Mike O'Neill extended the inning with an infield single. Matzek walked Thomas Pham to load the bases and big league veteran Ruben Gotay followed with a double down the right field that plated the two runs.

The Drillers were limited to only six hits in the game, but they had chances to end the shutout. Matzek doubled with one out in the third, but Whiting escaped the trouble with a pair of ground outs.

In the fourth, Kent Matthes led off with a double, and Kyle Parker followed with a base hit that put runners at first and third with no outs. But Henry Wrigley struck out and Angelys Nina grounded into a double play to end that threat.

Dustin Garneau led off the eighth with a triple against reliever Kevin Siegrist, but after pinch-hitter Kiel Roling struck out, the Tulsa catcher was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a bunt from Delta Cleary Jr.

The Drillers put two more runners on base in the ninth with a base hit and walk off Cards' closer Michael Blazek, but Jayson Langfels flew out to end the game.

Tulsa will open a nine-game homestand at 4:05PM Wednesday afternoon against the Arkansas Travelers. Christian Bergman (2-1, 3.48 ERA) will pitch the opener for the Drillers against Jarrett Grube (4-1, 2.55 ERA) of the Travelers.

It will be Happy Hour at ONEOK Field with $1 Beer available beginning when the stadium gates open at 3 p.m.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • TU Golden Hurricane

    Follow the TU Golden Hurricane! Get sports scores, news and highlights.

  • ORU Golden Eagles

    ORU Golden Eagles fans can find the latest news on the team, scores and video here!

  • OU Sooners

    Find the latest sports news, schedules and more for the OU Sooners now!

  • OSU Cowboys

    Get all your OSU Cowboys information from sports highlights to the latest news & videos.

  • OKC Thunder

    Thunder Up! Get the latest sports news, game highlights, videos and updates on the team.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.