The Tulsa Drillers will host the Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels) and Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals) in an 8-game homestand at ONEOK Field that will run June 11-18. The first six games of the homestand will mark the final games in the first half of the Texas League season.
The first-place Drillers will enter play Monday night with a 5-game lead over second-place Arkansas and with a magic number of four to clinch the first-half North Division title.
The four games in the homestand against the Travelers, June 11-14, will all start at 7:05PM.
The opener against the Cardinals on Sunday, June 15 will begin at 2:05PM, while the finale on Wednesday, June 18 will start at 11:05AM. The other two games will have standard 7:05PM first pitches.
The Promotions Schedule for the homestand is headlined by back-to-back Fireworks games on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14.
Other promotions include Bark-In-The-Park on June 11, Star Wars Night/Thirsty Thursday on June 12, Souvenir Sunday Team Posters on June 15 and $2 Tuesday on June 17.
The complete promotional list for the homestand is below.
Individual tickets for all the games, and any other game this season, are currently available for purchase online at TulsaDrillers.com, in person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office (201 N. Elgin Avenue) or over the phone at (918) 744-5901.
CASTEEL HONORED: Ryan Casteel was named the Texas League's Player of the Week for the period running June 2-8. In 6 games, Casteel hit .385 (10-26) with 3 home runs and 7 runs batted in. Former Union High School hurler Drew Rucinski was named the league's Pitcher of the Week. Rucinski pitched a 9-inning, 5-hit shutout for Arkansas.
SIZING UP THE OPPONENT: The Drillers have won 7 of 12 meetings with Arkansas this season, but are only 1-3 in games played at ONEOK Field. Conversely, they have won three of four meetings with Springfield in Tulsa.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE REGAINED: Home field was not necessarily an advantage for the Drillers at the beginning of the season. However, after enduring a 4-10 home record for the month of April, Tulsa has since gone 9-4 at ONEOK Field, including three straight wins.
RED-HOT HUMPHRIES: After hitting .333 during the month of May, Brian Humphries began June just as hot. The outfielder hit safely in the first six games of the month, compiling a .345 average.
RELIEF PERFECTION: Through June 8, Tulsa closer Scott Oberg was a perfect 15 for 15 in save opportunities. His 15 saves were the second most in the Texas League. His bullpen mate, Kraig Sitton, is third in the TL with 7 holds.
ROTATION UPDATE: The Drillers' starting rotation has changed since the last homestand. Eddie Butler was promoted to the majors and made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies on June 6. In addition, Dan Winkler left his last start on June 7 with elbow discomfort. Finally, Tyler Anderson returned to Tulsa's rotation on June 8 after spending two weeks on the disabled list.
TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE/PROMOTIONS (June 11-18)
Wednesday, June 11 . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
BARK IN THE PARK
Treat your canine companions to some professional fetch with our "Bark-in-the-Park" night, presented by the City Vet Hospital, Animal Aid of Tulsa and 94.1 The Breeze. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs out for a night at the ballpark. All owners must present proof of their dog's current rabies vaccination. Dogs must enter through either the Arvest or Oil Derrick Entrances and are only permitted on the concourse and Primeaux Kia Lawn. Great prize giveaways and pet information is available throughout the game along the outfield concourse.
Thursday, June 12. . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
STAR WARS NIGHT/ FOX 23 SUPER THURSDAY
Whether Jedi or Sith, ONEOK Field is the place to be Thursday night, and it is much closer than a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars fans can take pictures with dozens of different characters, including Darth Vader and Chewbacca, enjoy Star Wars-themed food and beverages and much more, presented by The Tulsa Voice and FOX23!
Just in case an evening at the ballpark is not enough incentive, it is also Thirsty Thursday! Twelve ounce servings of Coors Light and Miller Lite and 16 ounce servings of Pepsi products will all be on sale for only $1 each. Be sure to check out our new "Bottoms Up" beer taps, which literally fill your beers from the bottom up!
Friday, June 13 . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
NEWS ON 6 FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
Following Friday's game will be the fan-favorite News on 6 Friday Night Fireworks, presented by U.S. Cellular, The News on 6 and 98.5 KVOO. It's the best fireworks show in town, and the best way to spend your Friday night. To help you enjoy the game, the Bixby (8022 E. 101 St.) and Broken Arrow (1434 E. Hillside Dr.) U.S. Cellular stores have a limited number of FREE general admission tickets. Lastly, the first 1,500 fans to enter the stadium will receive Hornsby fans courtesy of U.S. Cellular.
Saturday, June 14 . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
TULSA'S CHANNEL 8 GRAND SLAM SATURDAY/ FIREWORKS!
Can't get enough fireworks? Couldn't make it out Friday night? We've got you covered! For the second night in a row, we will have our spectacular fireworks display following the game as part of Tulsa's Channel 8 Grand Slam Saturday, brought to you by DIRECTV, Tulsa's Channel 8 and Z104.5 The Edge.
Sunday, June 15 . . . Springfield Cardinals (2:05 PM) - Gates Open at 12:30 PM
2 WORKS FOR YOU KIDS EAT FREE SOUVENIR SUNDAY/ TEAM POSTER GIVEAWAY
Presented by Green Country Chevy Dealers, K95 and 2 Works for You, all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, juice and ice cream novelty. Additionally, the first 500 kids into the ballpark will receive team posters of the 2014 Tulsa Drillers. Get here early as the entire Drillers team will be available for autographs on the concourse before the game!
FATHER-SON CATCH ON FIELD/ KIDS RUN THE BASES
From 12:45-1:15, the Drillers will celebrate Father's Day with a classic tradition: catch! Fathers and their children can toss the ball around on the field just as the Drillers do. Plus, after the game, Dads can run the bases with their kids! The line for both events will begin at the bottom of Sections 103 and 104.
Monday, June 16 . . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
Due to a generous partnership with McElroy Manufacturing and other corporate partners, kids and families in need in the Tulsa area can attend this game at no cost and will also receive a complementary hot dog, bag of chips and soft drink.
PURPLE MONDAY/ SEASON-TICKET HOLDER APPRECIATION NIGHT
The Drillers will wear their purple jerseys and caps in concordance with their MLB affiliate, the Colorado Rockies. All fans can enjoy buy one, get one free purple snow cones and purple cotton candy. Season-ticket holders can also enjoy buy one, get one on Philly Nachos from the Steakadelphia cart. Also, all fans wearing purple could have a chance to win Drillers autographed memorabilia.
Tuesday, June 17 . . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
2 WORKS FOR YOU $2 TUESDAYS
Come enjoy the Drillers' top value promotion! 2 Works for You $2 Tuesdays feature $2 Primeaux Kia Lawn Tickets, as well as $3 off all other regularly priced tickets, and $2 concession items, including Driller Dogs, 21 oz. Pepsi fountain drinks, soft pretzels, boxes of popcorn and Mazzio's Pizza Slices. The great deal is presented to you by 106.1 The Twister and 2 Works for You. Also, show up early for our $2 Corona Happy Hour, where 12 oz. Coronas are available for $2 from 6-8 PM, presented by Corona.
Wednesday, June 18 . . . Springfield Cardinals (11:05 AM) - Gates Open at 10:00 AM
DAY BASEBALL/ FIELD TRIP DAY
It's the Drillers' last 11:05 AM game of the season! Enjoy early summer in downtown Tulsa with an afternoon baseball game at ONEOK Field, presented by Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma & AM 1170 KFAQ. Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma will have sports stations set up along the concourse to teach kids fundamentals of different sports.
FUN & FIT PROGRAM
Before the game, we will have a Kohl's Fun & Fit Kids program at the Greenwood Cultural Center, presented by Kohl's Fun & Fit Kids at Saint Francis. The program will encourage healthy habits and daily exercise and will feature a special guest: Hornsby! Availability is limited, so make your reservations if your field trip group is interested!
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