Drillers' Staff Combines For Three-Hit Performance In Win

Saturday, July 23rd 2011, 11:28 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Drillers' pitching staff combined for a three-hit shutout Saturday to drop the Arkansas Travelers 2-0 and extend their win streak to three games.

Josh Sullivan started the night off for Tulsa (48-50), giving up just one hit and striking out four in four innings, but came away with a no-decision. Joey Williamson (2-2) was credited with the win for the Drillers, striking out five and allowing one hit in a three-inning outing. Stephen Dodson pitched the final two innings and came away with one hit and one strikeout.

Tulsa was just as cold from the plate, save for one bright spot in the bottom of the second inning. After James Cesario drew a one-out walk, Brian Ricke homered to the right field wall – his seventh dinger of the season – giving Tulsa the only two runs it would need.

Andrew Taylor (2-7) got the start for Arkansas (2-7) and kept the Drillers in check for most of the night, save for the second inning. The left-handed pitcher gave up just two hits and struck out six in his seven innings of service, despite the second-inning long ball.

The Drillers will continue to crawl back to the .500 mark at 7:05 p.m. Sunday, in the third game of a four-game series against the Travelers.