Drillers Split Double-Header With Springfield


Monday, August 8th 2011, 1:19 am
By: News On 6


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TULSA, Oklahoma -- After Saturday's matchup was rained out, the Tulsa Drillers squared off with the Springfield Cardinals in a double-header. The squads split the double-header with Springfield claiming the opener 9-4, while Tulsa took the second 4-1.

Both matchups saw the winning pitcher turn in a complete-game.

In the early game, John Gast (4-1) started off with three scoreless innings and finished the contest with just three earned runs on eight hits, while striking out five in the win for Springfield (53-60). Christian Friedrich (6-8) struggled early, walking three of the first four batters and giving up a grand slam to Donovan Solano in the next at- bat to fall behind 4-0 in the first.

His woes continued in the top of the second, giving up back-to-back singles to John Gast and Daryl Jones to put two runners on base with one out on the board. Ryan Jackson followed with his 28th double of the season to bring them both home and put the Cardinals up 6-0. Audrey Perez knocked a two-run home run in the top of the third to put Springfield up 8-0 and end Friedrich's day early.

Rob Scahill (9-9) took the mound for the Drillers (53-60) in the nightcap and kept the Springfield in check, giving up just one earned run – a solo home run in the top of the sixth – to come away with a win.

The Drillers started their scoring with a pair of long balls over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Mitchell hit a leadoff dinger, his first of the season, and Thomas Field hit his 16th three at-bats later.

Tulsa will try to even the series at 7:05 p.m. Monday, before taking a day off to travel to Midland, Texas for a three-game series with the RockHounds.