Following a short road trip, the Drillers will be returning to ONEOK Field for an extended 8-game homestand to face the Arkansas Travelers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals, beginning Monday, April 24.
The action will mark the first home games against North Division opponents for Tulsa as the Drillers will host the Travelers (Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) April 24-27 and the Naturals (Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals) April 28-May 1.
There will be a variety of start times for the games to accommodate any fan's schedule. The four-game series against the Travelers will feature a popular day start time on Wednesday, April 27 with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 PM. The other three games will start at the usual 7:05 PM.
For the four-game set with the Naturals, the first two games will begin at 7:05 PM. For Sunday, April 30 the game will begin at 1:05 PM. That will be followed by another day game on Monday, May 1 with first pitch set for 11:05 AM as the Drillers wrap up the homestand.
In addition to the day games, other promotions in the homestand will include:
- Corey Seager Go-Green T-Shirt Giveaway on Thursday, April 27
- News on 6 Friday Night Fireworks on Friday, April 28
- Special Autism Jersey Auction on Saturday, April 29
- Daytime Baseball on Wednesday, April 26; Sunday, April 30 and on Monday, May 1.
The complete promotional list for the homestand is below.
Individual tickets for all 8 games in the 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
SPARK PLUG FIRING AT THE TOP: Batting in the leadoff spot for the Drillers, infielder/outfielder Tim Locastro has been on fire at the plate over the first twelve games of the season. Locastro leads the league in batting average (.410), runs scored (11), on-base percentage (.489) and slugging percentage (.641).
TALE OF TWO TEAMS: When it comes to pitching, the Naturals and Travelers are polar opposites. Through their first dozen games, the Travelers lead the Texas League with a 3.09 ERA as a pitching staff. The Naturals on the other hand, are last in the league with a 4.61 ERA as a staff over the same number of games.
RECORD AGAINST OPPONENTS: Although both the Travelers and the Naturals hail from Arkansas, the Drillers have fared a bit differently when playing the two squads at home. Going into the week, the Drillers have boasted a 53-38 record against the Naturals while going just 51-60 against the Travelers since 2010 when playing at ONEOK Field. Tulsa had an identical 9-7 record against both clubs when playing them at home last season.
TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE/PROMOTIONS (April 24 - May 1)
Monday, April 24. . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
MEGA MONEY MONDAY
What better way to begin the work week than coming out to a Drillers game and entering for your chance to win some serious cash?! Make plans to come out for another Mega Money Monday at ONEOK Field! For every Monday night home game this season, fans will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win either $1,000 or $10,000 each inning if the Drillers accomplish one of the following feats on the field during the designated inning:
1st inning: $10,000 if a Drillers batter hits a ground rule double.
2nd inning: $1,000 if the Drillers turn a triple play while on defense.
3rd inning: $10,000 if a Drillers batter hits a grand slam.
4th inning: $1,000 if the Drillers third baseman records all three assists during the inning on defense.
5th inning: $10,000 if the Drillers hit back-to-back home runs while batting.
6th inning: $1,000 if the Drillers batters combine to hit for the cycle during the bottom half of the inning.
7th inning: $10,000 if the Drillers score exactly seven runs in the bottom of the seventh.
8th inning: $1,000 if a Drillers batter hits a three-run home run.
9th inning: $10,000 if the Drillers pitcher strikes out the side in the top half of the inning.
In addition, if a Drillers pitcher throws a complete-game, no-hitter on a Mega Money Monday, a lucky name will be drawn to win $10,000! Fans wanting to participate can sign up for free through the First Pitch app or by filling out the Register to Win form in the Drillers gameday program and turning it in at Guest Services located behind home plate. Fans must be 18 years old or older and be physically present at ONEOK Field during the game to claim their winnings if a feat is accomplished and their name is drawn. The night is presented by 101.5 El Patron.
Tuesday, April 25 . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
2 WORKS FOR YOU $2 TUESDAYS
The latest edition of $2 Tuesdays is brought to you by 2 Works For You and 92.1 The Beat! Fans can purchase General Admission Lawn tickets for only $2 each, while all other tickets are discounted $3 off normal prices.
Fans can also buy Mazzio's pizza slices, boxes of popcorn, cotton candy and 21 oz. Pepsi fountain drinks for just $2 each. In addition, the popular Dodger Dogs and ice cream sandwiches are back for a second season in the discounted concession items lineup for 2017.
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.
Wednesday, April 26 . . . Arkansas Travelers (4:05 PM) - Gates Open at 3:00 PM
Don't miss the opportunity to catch the Drillers second afternoon game of the season! Convince your boss to let you off work early to come enjoy baseball under the sun at ONEOK Field presented by INCOG/Ozone Alert and AM 1430 The Buzz.
The first 1,000 fans who come through the Arvest and Oil Derrick Gates will receive a complimentary T-shirt courtesy of INCOG/Ozone Alert.
Thursday, April 27. . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
COREY SEAGER GO GREEN T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY
It's Go Green Night at ONEOK Field and the Drillers will be reminding fans to form good recycling habits. The players will be rocking green jerseys on the field while the first 1,000 fans to come through the Arvest and Oil Derrick Entrances with paid admission will receive a special, Drillers-themed, green Corey Seager T-shirt. The giveaway is sponsored by The M.e.t., Tulsa Recycles, FOX 23 and 104.5 The Edge.
It's the second Thirsty Thursday of the year! 12 oz. servings of Miller Lite and Coors 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. Travis Kidd will be on hand and playing next to the bar where fans will be able to enjoy 24 oz. domestic drafts for just $4 each.
Friday, April 28. . . NW Arkansas Naturals (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 of the season! It is presented by News On 6 and K95.5 FM.
Immediately following the fireworks, the postgame party at the new Busch Scoreboard Bar will get underway. Tulsa's Own Piano Man, Joseph Callery, will be playing next to the bar where fans will be able to enjoy 24 oz. domestic drafts for just $4 each.
Saturday, April 29. . . NW Arkansas Naturals (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
TULSA'S CHANNEL 8 GRAND SLAM SATURDAY / FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
Fans will be treated to the first back-to-back fireworks shows of the season as the skies over ONEOK Field will be lit up yet again following Saturday's game. The night is brought to you by the Autism Center of Tulsa, Tulsa's Channel 8 and 102.3 & 740 KRMG.
AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT AT ONEOK FIELD
To help raise awareness and support for the Autism Center of Tulsa, the Drillers will be wearing unique, puzzle piece-themed jerseys during the game. Fans can bid during a live, silent auction that will be taking place on the first base concourse near the team store to win their favorite player's jersey, which will be autographed after the game is completed. Fans will also have the chance to purchase tickets to enter in a raffle for a team-signed jersey with the winner being announced in-stadium at the end of the night. Tickets will be $2 each or three tickets for $5 with all proceeds going to support the Autism Center of Tulsa. All bids and tickets must be purchased by the first pitch of the seventh inning to be eligible.
Immediately following the fireworks, the postgame party at the new Busch Scoreboard Bar will get underway. There will be a live band performing next to the bar where fans can enjoy 24 oz. domestic drafts for just $4 each.
Sunday, April 30 . . . NW Arkansas Naturals (1:05 PM) - Gates Open at 11:30 AM
2 WORKS FOR YOU KIDS EAT FREE SOUVENIR SUNDAY / AWESOME SOCKS ROUND 3 GIVEAWAY
It's another 2 Works for You Kids Eat Free Souvenir Sunday and the first 500 fans, ages 12 and under, to enter the stadium through the Arvest and Oil Derrick Entrances will receive a free pair of Drillers Awesome Socks! Only the cool kids get to wear these!
All kids, 12 and under, will also get a Kids Eat Free Coupon that is redeemable for a free hot dog, piece of fruit and drink. It is all courtesy of the Green Country Chevy Dealers, 2 Works for You and 98.5 KVOO.
FREE KIDS BASEBALL SKILLS CAMP
Before the game, youth baseball and softball players will be allowed onto the field for a clinic with the Drillers players. The clinic will run from 11:45 AM-12:15 PM. Kids wishing to participate are encouraged to bring their glove and arrive at the stadium at 11:30 AM through the Arvest Entrance off of Elgin Avenue and can then enter the field from Section 101 of the seating bowl.
OREO STACKING CONTEST
Reasor's is challenging Drillers fans to come test their Oreo stacking skills at ONEOK Field during select games throughout the season for the chance to be named the 2017 Master Stacker! Everyone aged 6-11 is encouraged to compete with a parent or guardian to see who can create the tallest stack of Oreo cookies in 30 seconds without it toppling over. Visit the Reasor's and Nabisco Oreo booth today and on May 7, May 21 and June 4 to see how you stack up!
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.
Monday, May 1. . . NW Arkansas Naturals (11:05 AM) - Gates Open at 10:00 AM
The homestand will wrap up with one more day game! Come out and enjoy your lunchbreak at ONEOK Field presented by the Oklahoma Energy Resource Board (OERB)!
OERB EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Get here early to check out the free OERB educational program about well safety happening at Guthrie Green at 9:30 AM. This will be especially geared towards kids in the Elementary to Middle School age range.
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