Francis to leave Drillers


Thursday, July 8th 2004, 12:00 pm
By: News On 6


(Tulsa-AP) -- Tulsa Drillers ace Jeff Francis is moving up.
Francis struck out 14 batters and allowed just one hit in seven
innings last night in a 6-to-4 Tulsa victory against the Arkansas
Travelers.
After pitching at the All-Star Futures game next week, Francis
will head to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Francis has had a remarkable stretch with the Drillers. The
left-hander is 13-and-1 with a one-point-nine-eight E-R-A in 17
starts for Tulsa this season. His E-R-A is the lowest in Drillers'
franchise history.
He's also struck out 147 batters in 113-and-two-thirds innings.
Tonight, the Drillers continue their four-game series against
Arkansas. Justin Hampson will pitch for Tulsa against the
Travelers' Nick Roberts.
Game time is 7:05.