Tulsa, OK - The Tulsa Drillers staged another big comeback Wednesday afternoon at ONEOK Field, but it was not enough to produce victory. The Drillers overcame a big early deficit with seven straight runs, but the Frisco RoughRiders ruined the comeback with a ninth-inning run that sent Tulsa to an 8-7 loss.
The defeat kept the Drillers from compiling a winning record in their first homestand of the season. The loss left them with a 3-3 record in the stand and at 6-6 on the young season.
It was the second big comeback of the series for the Drillers. They erased a 6-2 Riders lead Monday night with five straight runs to claim a 7-6 victory.
Wednesday's rally was maybe more impressive, but it came up one-run short.
After a scoreless first inning, the RoughRiders early offensive onslaught began in the top of the second. Luke Tendler led off with a double and scored the first run when Royce Bolinger followed with a base hit.
The RoughRiders expanded their lead by banging our four straight hits to open the third inning. Drew Vettleson started the rally when he led off with his second home run in as many games. After Juremi Profar singled, Eric Aguilera upped the lead to 4-0 with his second homer of the season. The fourth hit came when Jose Cardona doubled. Cardona eventually came home with Frisco's fifth run of the day on a sacrifice fly from Bolinger.
Frisco made it 7-0 with two more runs in the top of the fifth. The RoughRiders greeted reliever Miguel Urena with four straight singles in his Double-A debut. Kevin Torres plated the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Frisco starting pitcher Ariel Jurado breezed through the first four innings before the Drillers ended his shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth. Tim Locastro continued his hot hitting with a leadoff single. Kyle Garlick brought him home with his first homer of the season to pull Tulsa to within 7-2.
Tulsa's comeback continued in the sixth, as five more runs completely erased the early deficit. Wynston Sawyer singled in front of Jacob Scavuzzo's second homer of the season that pulled the Drillers to within 7-4.
After the homer, newcomer Logan Landon, who was playing in his first game since being promoted from Rancho Cucamonga, singled and moved to third on a double by Locastro. Fernandez plated Landon with a ground out before Garlick belted his second homer of the day to make it a new game at 7-7.
It stayed tied until the ninth inning. Aguilera worked a leadoff walk from reliever Ralston Cash to open the ninth, then advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Cardona. After Tendler grounded out, Bolinger delivered the biggest hit of the day when he rolled a single into centerfield to plate Aguilera with the go-ahead run.
Clayton Cook set the Drillers down in order in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game.
The loss spoiled big days at the plate for Locastro and Garlick. Locastro finished a perfect 4-4 and raised his season average to .410. Garlick had the two homers and drove in four runs.
The Drillers matched a season high with 14 hits in the loss.
Tulsa will open a four-game, road series Thursday night in Northwest Arkansas. Colt Hynes (2-0, 3.24 ERA) will look for his third win of the season for the Drillers, while the Naturals will send Miguel Almonte (1-0, 1.35 ERA) to the mound. First pitch at Arvest Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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