Tulsa, OK - The Tulsa Drillers swung their way to the 8-1 win against the Springfield Cardinals before 5,908 fans at ONEOK Field on Wednesday afternoon.
After Springfield RHP Sam Gaviglio (L, 1-6) and Tulsa RHP Eddie Butler (W, 2-4) exchanged scoreless halves of the first inning, the Drillers (21-18) got on the board in the bottom of the second. Leading off the inning, C Tom Murphy drove a solo home run over the right field fence for the early 1-0 advantage.
Tulsa then stretched the lead with two tallies in the bottom of the third. With runners at first and second and two down, SS Cristhian Adames sliced an RBI single to bring in CF Tyler Massey and move 3B Joey Wong to third. Wong then raced home when a wild pitch escaped past C Cody Stanley, increasing the Drillers lead to 3-0.
The Drillers opened the gap further with a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. After the first two batters reached on a walk and a single, 1B Harold Riggins emptied the bases with a three-run homer to right field, doubling the lead to six runs. Later in the inning with Butler on at second base and two down, Massey drove an inside-the-park home run to left-center field, making it an 8-0 lead.
Butler kept the Cardinals (17-22) bats at bay through his seven scoreless innings for Tulsa, followed by a scoreless relief frame from RHP Ryan Arrowood in the eighth. Springfield, though, got on the board against Arrowood in the ninth. CF Rafael Ortega worked a walk to start the inning, before racing all the way home on an RBI double by SS Matt Williams. Arrowood, however, worked out of the rest of the inning with no further damage, closing the 8-1 win for the Drillers.
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Cardinals come back on May 16 for a four-game series
Springfield concludes the road trip in Tulsa on Thursday at 7:05pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7FM, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
The Cardinals then return home on Friday, May 16 to host the Arkansas Travelers for a four-game series at Hammons Field. Don't miss phenomenal AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks featuring 60s British Rock & Roll after the 7:10pm game. Gates open at 6:10pm.
The Cards and Travs then square off on Saturday, May 17 with a 6:10pm First Pitch. That day features the Coca-Cola 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Giveaway for 2,500 fans. Gates open at 5:10pm.
Sunday, May 18 will be a 2:10pm game at Hammons Field, as well as a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream for kids before the game. All kids can then run the bases just like Cardinals after the game with The Track Family Fun Parks Kids Race the Bases promotion. Gates open at 1:10pm.
The series then wraps up on Monday, May 19 with a 7:10pm First Pitch against the Travelers. Gates open at 6:10pm.
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