The Drillers scored six run in Tuesday night's 6-1 win over the Frisco RoughRiders, but they would not have a repeat performance Wednesday. Former Drillers hurler Edwar Cabrera cooled the hot Tulsa bats as he led the Riders to a 3-0 win at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
After pitching for the Drillers back in 2012, Cabrera began 2013 with the Colorado Rockies, but only pitched in a handful of games before missing the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery. During his recovery, he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers and has spent the last two seasons in the Texas organization.
Cabrera was on top his game Wednesday night as the southpaw turned in six shutout innings against his former club, scattering five hits during his time on the mound. Meanwhile, his teammates wasted little time scoring.
The Riders took the lead in the bottom of the first. After allowing a leadoff single to Preston Beck, Tulsa starter Jose De Leon struck out the next batter before facing outfielder Nomar Mazara. The second overall prospect in the Texas Rangers organization began his big night at the plate by smacking an RBI double to left to put Frisco on the board.
De Leon, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, looked sharp overall as he pitched three innings before exiting the game due to his pitch count limit.
Jharel Cotton came on strong for De Leon in the fourth inning as he struck out the side to begin his night. But Frisco would add to their lead in the fifth.
Trever Adams began the frame with a double off Cotton and came home to score two batters later. Adams rounded third and headed for home on a ground ball to Lars Anderson at first and the move seemed to catch the Tulsa first baseman by surprise as Anderson misfired when he attempted to throw Adams out at home. The unearned run extended the Riders' advantage to 2-0.
Mazara got in the middle of the action again in the sixth as he clubbed his second double of the night to start the home half of the inning before scoring on an RBI single from Lewis Brinson to push the Frisco lead to 3-0.
For the night, Mazara went 2-4 with two doubles as he accounted for two of the three Frisco runs in the ballgame.
Tulsa's offense was never really able to get anything going against Cabrera or the Riders bullpen until the ninth inning.
Facing Texas League saves leader David Martinez, the Drillers brought the tying run to the plate with runners on first and second and one out. But Martinez settled down to retire the next two Tulsa hitters and record his 17th save of the year.
The loss marked the 13th time this season that the Drillers have been shutout. De Leon was tagged with the loss despite allowing just the single run while Cabrera picked up his 4th win of the year for Frisco.
Julio Urias (2-4, 3.16 ERA), who turned 19 Wednesday, will start the Thursday night finale for Tulsa as the Drillers look to claim the series with a win. Frisco has yet to announce a starter after probable starter Jose Leclerc had to temporarily leave the team due to a death in his family. The game will be shown on TV live on Fox Sports Southwest while also being aired as always on AM 1430 The Buzz. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.