Dickerson's Blast Propels Drillers To Extra-Inning Win

Saturday, August 4th 2012, 11:07 pm
By: News On 6

Corey Dickerson blasted a grand slam in the top of the 12th inning to propel the Tulsa Drillers to a 7-3 win over the Springfield Cardinals, Saturday night.

The game was sent to extra innings when Oscar Taveras scored on a wild pitch by Josh Sullivan to tie the game at three. Taveras had singled, and then advanced to third when he stole second, and the throw from catcher Jose Gonzalez got away from the second baseman.

Tulsa drew first blood in the top of the fourth inning when Dickerson homered to right to stake the Drillers to a 1-0 lead. Dickerson then slapped an RBI single in the next inning to extend the lead to 2-0.

Springfield rallied, tying the score in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run shot from Adam Melker.

However, Tulsa wouldn't be satisfied with just a tie score. Nolan Arenado led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to give the Drillers a one-run lead. That lead would stand until Taveras scored in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.

Neither team threatened in extras until Tulsa was able to load the bases in front of Dickerson, who accounted for six RBIs for the game.

Joe Torres picked up the win for the Drillers, while Keith Butler took his first loss of the season for Springfield.

Game three of the four-game set is tomorrow night in Springfield at 6:08 p.m.