The Tulsa Drillers will be back at ONEOK Field on Tuesday, August 15 to open the second-to-last homestand of the regular season. The six-game stand will feature a pair of three-game series with South Division rivals the Corpus Christi Hooks and the San Antonio Missions. It will be Tulsa's final meetings in the regular season with the two teams.
The Drillers will host the Hooks (Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros) August 15 - August 17 and the Missions (Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres) August 18 - August 20.
Each of the six games will feature a 7:05 PM first pitch time with gates opening at 6:00 PM.
Scheduled promotions in the homestand will include:
- Bark in the Park Night on Wednesday, August 16
- Jeff Francis Night with a Francis Jersey T-Shirt Giveaway on Thursday, August 17
- Star Wars Night & Fireworks on Friday, August 18
- OKC Thunder Night & Dri-Fit Shirt Giveaway on Saturday, August 19
The complete promotional list and details for the homestand is below.
Individual tickets for the 6-game homestand 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.
NOTES OF INTEREST
LIGHTING THE SPARK: Since Scott Hennessey took over as the Tulsa Drillers manager on July 24, the Drillers have seemed to hit their stride. The club went 12-5 under Hennessey in his first 17 games in charge, including a season-high, 8-game winning streak.
LOADED FOR THE STRETCH RUN: As the Drillers enter the final 23 stretch of the regular season, they are in great position to make a playoff push as they have 5 of the Top 20 prospects in the LA Dodgers organization on the roster according to MLB.com. The list is headlined by the #3 overall prospect in RHP Yadier Alvarez followed by the #5 prospect in OF Yusniel Diaz, the #6 prospect in RHP Mitchell White, the #12 prospect in RHP Dennis Santana and the #18 prospect in INF Drew Jackson.
OFFENSE CLICKING: Although the Tulsa pitching staff has performed well this season, the Drillers offense has been hitting at a historic rate! Through their first 117 games this year, the Drillers had scored 564 times while clobbering 143 home runs, with the latter mark being the third-most of any team in the minor leagues! They are also on pace to break the Tulsa professional record for home runs in a single season as the 2011 Drillers set the mark with 164 blasts over 140 games.
RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS: When playing against the Hooks at ONEOK Field, the Drillers have tallied an even 39-39 overall record. Against the Missions, the Drillers have a 39-38 record at home since 2010, which includes a 2-1 record so far this season.
TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE/PROMOTIONS (August 15 - August 20)
Tuesday, August 15 . . . Corpus Christi Hooks (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
2 WORKS FOR YOU $2 TUESDAY
The latest edition of $2 Tuesday will allow fans to be able to purchase General Admission Lawn tickets for only $2 each, while all other tickets are discounted $3 off normal prices. In addition, fans will want to stop by the Drillers Official Team Store where there will be a special discount available for $2 Tuesday.
Fans can also buy the popular Dodger Dogs, Mazzio's pizza slices, boxes of popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, cotton candy and 21 oz. Pepsi fountain drinks for just $2 each.
Finally, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, it's $2 Happy Hour at the brand-new Busch Scoreboard Bar! Fans aged 21 and over will be able to purchase $2 domestic drafts at the bar during this time. The game and specials are sponsored by Andy B's, 2 Works for You and Mix 96.
Wednesday, August 16 . . . Corpus Christi Hooks (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
BARK IN THE PARK
Wednesday night's game will be the second-to-last Bark in the Park Night of the season where fans are welcomed to bring their canine best friend to the ballpark. Your dog will not need to have a ticket, but will need to enter through the Arvest or Oil Derrick gates, along with having documentation of updated vaccinations. The dogs are not allowed in the seating bowl, but are welcomed to settle down with their owners anywhere in the grass berms or in the Busch Terrace behind the left field fence. Bark in the Park is presented by City of Tulsa: Save our Streams, The City Vet Hospital and 100.9 Totally Awesome 80's.
Thursday, August 17 . . . Corpus Christi Hooks (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
JEFF FRANCIS JERSEY T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY & TRIBUTE NIGHT
Jeff Francis had one of the greatest seasons in Drillers history back in 2004 when the southpaw starter went 13-1 with a 1.98 ERA over 17 starts, earning both the Texas League Pitcher of the Year Award and the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award. He will be back in Tulsa Thursday night with his family to be honored by the Drillers in a pre-game ceremony. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will then be on the concourse behind home plate to sign autographs. The first 250 fans in line will receive a complimentary Francis Minor League Player of the Year card for Francis to sign. But make plans to come early before gates open as the first 1,000 fans through the Arvest or Oil Derrick Entrances will receive one of the awesome, Jeff Francis Jersey T-shirts! The game and giveaway are sponsored by FOX, FOX23 and 103.3 The Eagle.
Tonight is also another Thirsty Thursday where 12 oz. servings of Bud & Bud Light draught beers and 16 oz. servings of Pepsi products will all be on sale for only $1 each.
Immediately following the game, the postgame party at the new Busch Scoreboard Bar will get underway for those wanting to start celebrating their weekend early. Fans will be able to enjoy 24 oz. domestic drafts for just $4 each along with other food and drink specials.
Friday, August 18 . . . San Antonio Missions (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
NEWS ON 6 FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
Following the game will be another fantastic News On 6 Friday Night Fireworks display! The night is presented by Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, News On 6, and K95.5 FM.
STAR WARS NIGHT
If you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, you won't want to miss this game! The Drillers will be wearing special Star Wars-themed jerseys on the field and fans will have the opportunity to bid for their favorite player's jersey at a silent auction that will be taking place on the concourse outside the team store. There will also be a raffle drawing where fans can purchase 1 raffle ticket for $2 or 3 tickets for $5 for the chance to win a team-signed jersey! All proceeds will go to support the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.
TULSA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY STUFF THE TRUCK
As the presenting sponsor for the night, the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity will have a truck parked on Elgin Avenue where fans are encouraged to help fill it by donating new or gently-used shoes, clothing items, and small household goods. In addition, the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity will be providing 1,000 hard hats to give kids at the Oil Derrick and Arvest Gates as they enter the ballpark.
Immediately following the fireworks show, the postgame party at the new Busch Scoreboard Bar will get underway! Fans will be able to enjoy 24 oz. domestic drafts for just $4 each along with other food and drink specials.
Saturday, August 19 . . . San Antonio Missions (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
TULSA'S CHANNEL 8 GRAND SLAM SATURDAY / OKC THUNDER NIGHT & THUNDER DRI-FIT SHIRT GIVEAWAY
OKC Thunder fans won't want to miss this night as the Thunder will have a strong presence at the ballpark! Rumble will be on-hand to entertain along with the Thunder Girls, the StormChasers, and the Thunder Drummers! There will be an autograph table set up on the concourse with the Thunder Girls and there will also be the opportunity for fans to win free tickets to the Thunder's preseason game against the Houston Rockets that will be played at the BOK Center right here in Tulsa. Make sure to be here early before gates open as the first 1,500 fans through the Arvest or Oil Derrick Entrances will also receive a sweet #ThunderUpInDrillVille Dri-Fit shirt! The night and giveaway are sponsored by U.S. Cellular, Tulsa's Channel 8 and 97.5 KMOD.
TICKET GIVEAWAY AT U.S. CELLULAR LOCATIONS
Fans wanting to score some free tickets to the game should stop by the following U.S. Cellular store locations as soon as possible before tickets run out:
6703 E 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
732 W New Orleans
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Immediately following the game, the postgame party at the new Busch Scoreboard Bar will get underway. Fans will be able to enjoy 24 oz. domestic drafts for just $4 each along with other food and drink specials.
Sunday, August 20. . . San Antonio Missions (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
2 WORKS FOR YOU KIDS EAT FREE SOUVENIR SUNDAY / GREEN SLIME GIVEAWAY
It's another 2 Works for You Kids Eat Free Souvenir Sunday! All kids, 12 and under, will get a Kids Eat Free Coupon that is redeemable for a free hot dog, piece of fruit and drink. In addition, the first 500 kids age 12 and under will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for a tub of green slime which will be given away at the Arvest Gate as fans exit the ballpark starting at 8:30 PM. It is all courtesy of the Green Country Chevy Dealers, 2 Works for You and 106.9 K-HITS.
KIDS RUN THE BASES
After the game, kids can circle the bases of ONEOK Field courtesy of Nabisco and Reasor's! The line begins in the first row between Sections 103 and 104.
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