MIDLAND, Texas -- The Drillers dropped the second game of their six-game road tilt 8-4 Friday, after getting dominated by the Midland pitchers for the majority of the game.
Tulsa (24-21) got on the board first via a leadoff home run from Tim Wheeler, his 13th of the season, in the first at-bat of the game. From that point, Midland (19-27) starter Ethan Hollingsworth (3-2) kept the game under wraps, giving up just six more hits in 6.2 innings of service.
Cory Riordan continued to struggle this season, coming away with a loss for giving up seven hits and five earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched.
Midland tied the game in the bottom of the third, but broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth. In the third at-bat of the inning, Mitch Canaham doubled to right field to bring Jason Christian home from second to take a 2-1 lead. Jermaine Mitchell followed with a single to center field to bring Canaham across the plate and take a two-run advantage.
Three batters later, Michael Spina knocked an RBI single to left field to bring Tyler Ladendorf home from second to take a 4-1 lead. After a walk loaded the bases, Jeremy Barfield hit a soft liner to center field to bring two runners home to put Midland in front 6-1 and put the game nearly out of reach.
Trailing 8-1 in the top of the ninth, Wheeler homered yet again with two on base to cut the deficit to close the gap to four runs, but the next two batters were retired to end the game.
The three-game series will conclude at 7 p.m. Saturday, before Tulsa heads to Frisco.