The win improved the Drillers early season record to 4-2. They will now have an off day on Wednesday before taking the field for their home opener Thursday night at ONEOK Field. The opener will begin a six-game homestand that will include three games against San Antonio and three more against the Hooks.
Pomeranz worked a 1-2-3 first inning before the Drillers staked him to a lead with four runs in the top of the second. The big inning got started when Ben Paulsen led off with his first home run of the season.
ORU product Tim Torres followed the homer with a base hit to right, then scored on a one-out double by Angelys Nina. Lars Davis plated Nina with a ground ball single to center. After Pomeranz singled for the fifth hit of the inning, Josh Rutledge made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly that scored Davis.
In the bottom of the second, the Hooks loaded the bases with no outs when the first three hitters reached on a walk and a pair of singles. Pomeranz pitched out of the jam by getting two straight strikeouts and by retiring Corpus Christi pitcher Henry Villar on a ground out that ended the inning.
The Drillers padded their lead in the third. Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to six straight games with a leadoff double. Paulsen struck out, but Torres belted his first home run of the season to put Tulsa in front 6-0.
The Hooks put a pair of runners on base in both the third and fourth innings, but Pomeranz was able to again escape the jams and keep his scoreless outing intact.
He departed the game after the fourth inning with the 6-0 lead still in place. The lefthander threw a total of 77 pitches, 48 for strikes. He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Joey Williamson followed him to the mound and worked two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, to claim the victory, his second of the season.
Mike Marbry and Coty Woods each worked a scoreless frame, before the Hooks ended the shutout bid with a 3-run ninth against Josh Sullivan. Brandon Barnes plated two of the runs with his first home run of the year. It was the centerfielder's fourth hit of the game.
Offensively, the Drillers set a season high with 13 hits. Nina led the way with three hits, while Paulsen, Torres and Davis added two each.
Arenado finished 1-5 but is still hitting .440 with 11 hits in 25 at-bats in his first 6 Double A games.
The pitching matchup for Thursday's home opener at ONEOK Field will feature Edwar Cabrera (1-0, 1.50 ERA) for Tulsa against Keyvius Sampson (0-0, 2.25 ERA) of San Antonio. Starting time for the opener is slated for 7:05PM.
Tickets are still available at TulsaDrillers.com and the ONEOK Field Ticket Office or by calling (918)744-5901.
NOTES: The next start for Pomeranz is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. He will make his 2012 major league debut for the Rockies against the Arizona Diamondbacks. . .The Drillers wore their new light blue jerseys and caps in the game.