Drillers Fall To Frisco For Fifth-Straight Loss

Monday, August 15th 2011, 11:00 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma – The Tulsa Drillers suffered its fifth-straight loss Sunday, falling to the Frisco RoughRiders 10-3.

After getting on the board early thanks to Tim Wheeler, Tulsa's pitching and offensive production struggled the rest of the game.

In the top of the first, Wheeler led off the game with his twenty-fifth double of the year and three batters later came in to score after Bronson Sardinha singled up the middle to plate Wheeler and give the Drillers the early 1-0 advantage.

But the lead was short lived, as Frisco scored eight unanswered runs that gave them an 8-1 lead after six innings of play.

In the bottom of the first, Tommy Mendonca blasted a two-run home run off of starter Rob Scahill. They then added single runs in the second, third, and fifth innings.

However in the top of the seventh the Drillers cut the deficit to five. Lars Davis and Erik Wetzel both reached base via walks, with Wheeler loading the bases on his two-out single.

Hector Gomez then drove a ground ball single to right field that scored both Davis and Wetzel, and brought the score to 8-3 at the end of the seventh inning.

Renny Osuna closed it out in the eighth. After Daniel Turpen walked Elio Sarmiento, Osuna launched his ninth home run of the year over the left field wall. The two-run home run extended the RoughRiders lead, as it would be all the team needed to cruise to a 10-3 victory.

Scahill lasted five innings and allowed five runs, three walks, and struck out three batters. Sunday was the first time Scahill failed to go into the sixth inning since July 17 against the Arkansas Travelers.

Joe Torres was the only pitcher for the Drillers on Sunday to not allow a run. Torres tossed one inning in relief, allowing one hit and punching out two batters.

On the night, Tulsa produced seven hits and one error to Frisco's 12 hits and one error.

Game three of the series finale between the RoughRiders and Drillers will be Monday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05PM.