Northwest Arkansas Blanks Drillers 4-0

Wednesday, June 15th 2011, 4:27 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma—The Tulsa Drillers dropped the final game of the four-game series against Northwest Arkansas 4-0 Wednesday afternoon.

Tulsa managed eight hits, but was plagued by 19 runners left on base and one error in the loss.

On the other hand, NW Arkansas tallied 12 hits while also stranding 19 base runners, but as it turned out, the Naturals four more hits than the Drillers would provide four more runs, and take the team to victory.

The Naturals got on the board in the bottom of the first. With two on and one out, Tim Smith grounded into a force out but not before Derrick Robinson could score to put NW Arkansas up 1-0.

Later in the fourth with one man on, Jamie Romak sent a long ball to center field for his eighth home run of the season. The two run shot gave the Naturals the early 3-0 advantage.

Despite trying to get some momentum going in the second half of the game, Tulsa continues to struggle offensively as a total of 12 Drillers struck out at the plate in Wednesday's contest.

NW Arkansas added an insurance run in the eighth off a home run by Salvador Perez, his fourth of the season, to put the Naturals up 4-0.

Christopher Dwyer (2-5) was credited with the win for the Naturals with six innings pitched and nine strikeouts. Kelvin Herrera came in and completed the save, his fourth of the season. Christian Friedrich picked up the loss for Tulsa after pitching 5.1 innings with four strikeouts.

The Drillers now return home for an eight game home stand from June 18-23. Thursday Tulsa will host Arkansas at 7:05p.m.