Tulsa, OK - Exactly one week after facing off in Frisco, Tulsa Drillers starter Scott Barlow and Frisco RoughRiders starter Connor Sadzeck squared off again Tuesday night, this time in Tulsa. And the results were close to identical as both starting pitchers performed well for their respective clubs. But a solo home run by Frisco's Drew Vettleson in the second inning proved to be the difference as the Riders would go on to defeat the Drillers 3-0 in front of over 4,600 fans at ONEOK Field.
The loss brought an end to a three-game winning streak for the Drillers. It was also the first time the Drillers were shut out this season as Tulsa entered the day with the second-best team batting average in the Texas League with a .260 clip.
Tulsa came into the game having won its last seven straight against Frisco when playing at ONEOK Field, dating back to last season. But one night after scoring seven runs in a 10-inning, walk-off victory the Drillers offense was stymied by the Riders pitching staff.
Although Sadzeck did not strike out nine Drillers batters like he did in his five innings of work last week, the 6'7" right-hander still turned in a strong performance for the visiting Riders. With a fastball that hit 97 mph on the radar gun, Sadzeck was effectively wild as he struck out four Drillers while walking three over his 5.2 innings of work.
The Drillers had some scoring chances, putting runners at first and second in the bottom of the fourth inning, followed by loading the bases in the fifth inning. But their efforts were unfruitful as they were unable to score.
In the fourth, an inning-ending double play kept the Drillers off the board. In the fifth inning, the Drillers loaded the bases with two outs on a walk to Matt Beaty, a single by Stetson Allie and a Tim Locastro hit-by-pitch. But after a coaching visit, Sadzeck settled down to strike out Jose Miguel Fernandez and preserve the 1-0 Frisco advantage.
After giving up the solo shot by Vettleson in the top of the second inning, Barlow settled in for Tulsa as he kept Frisco off the board over the next three innings while striking out five. But he would be saddled with the tough-luck loss despite the solid outing.
The Riders scored a pair of insurance runs in the eighth off Yaisel Sierra on an RBI groundout by Juremi Profar and an RBI single from Vettleson to lead to the final score of 3-0.
The Drillers and Riders will play the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday afternoon in their first day game action of the year in Tulsa. RHP Isaac Anderson (0-2, 7.36 ERA) will start for Tulsa while RHP Ariel Jurado (1-1, 6.97 ERA) will oppose him for Frisco. First pitch for the homestand finale at ONEOK Field is set for 12:05 PM.
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