Corpus Christi, TX - After splitting the first two games of the series, the Tulsa Drillers went into Thursday night's game looking to grab the series win against the Corpus Christi Hooks. The two teams traded zeros in a classic pitching duel, until the Drillers gave up a run late in the game and were defeated by the Hooks 1-0.
Things looked promising in the top of the first when Errol Robinson led the game off with a double, his fifth of the year. The Drillers would fail to bring him around to score after a ground out and a Matt Beaty fly ball out in which Robinson was thrown out trying to advance to third.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Tulsa would get another runner in scoring position by Garrett Kennedy hitting his second double of the year. But the Drillers would leave him stranded after recording a pair of outs to end the inning.
Drillers starter Mitchell White did his part to keep the Corpus Christi bats in check as he pitched five very strong innings. He gave up only a pair of singles and notched eight strikeouts.
Tulsa made some noise in the top of the eighth. With one out, Erick Mejia walked, and Johan Mieses singled. After a fly out, Robinson drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, Drew Jackson lined out to end the inning to keep the game scoreless.
Karch Kowalczyk replaced White in the bottom of the sixth and recorded seven straight outs. But with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Carlos Canelon delivered the big blow for Corpus Christi by hitting his first home run of the season, giving the Hooks a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the ninth, the Hooks bullpen shut the Drillers down in order to preserve the 1-0 win.
The Drillers will head to San Antonio to face the Missions in their final stop of the long road trip. Scott Barlow (5-3, 2.09 ERA) will take the mound for Tulsa and will face Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 2.08 ERA) of San Antonio. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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