Solbach, Wong to Lead Drillers to Within One Win of Title
TULSA - After Tulsa and Amarillo combined to score a total of 46 runs in the first two games of the Texas League Championship Series, a pitching duel broke out in Game 3 Friday night at ONEOK Field. Markus Solbach got the start on the mound for the Drillers and
TULSA - After Tulsa and Amarillo combined to score a total of 46 runs in the first two games of the Texas League Championship Series, a pitching duel broke out in Game 3 Friday night at ONEOK Field.
The win gives the Drillers a two games to one lead in the best-of-five series. Tulsa is now one win away from claiming its second straight Texas League title. A win in either Saturday night's Game 4 or Sunday's Game 5 would give Tulsa the crown. Amarillo must win both games to win the championship. The Drillers have never won a championship on their home field. The franchise's previous four titles were all clinched away from Tulsa.
Solbach was brilliant in Friday's outing. There were very few times when Amarillo threatened. One came in the top of the first inning when with one out,
Another chance came with two outs in the top of the sixth when back-to-back singles put a runner in scoring position. But after a brief mound visit by pitching coach Dave Borkowski, Solbach got
Solbach went on to set down the final six men he faced. He allowed only four hits while recording six strikeouts over eight scoreless innings.
Amarillo starting pitcher Kyle Lloyd had allowed only a pair of singles to
With Connor Wong batting, Downs broke for second in an attempt to steal, but Lloyd uncorked a pitch to the backstop. As a result, Downs kept running and just beat the tag while sliding safely into third. On the next pitch, Wong crushed a towering home run that landed in the Busch Terrace in left field, giving Tulsa a 2-0 lead.
With the ONEOK Field crowd on its feet, Long came through. He got
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Wong and Casey are the only two Tulsa players to hit safely in all eight playoff games. Wong is 13-30 (.433) with 3 homers and 11 RBI, while Casey is 14-31 (.452) with 3 homers and 6 RBI in the postseason.
Solbach surrendered only four hits over his eight dominant innings, the least amount of hits allowed by a Tulsa pitcher in any eight-inning start this season.
*The Drillers recorded only four hits on Friday night, less than half the amount of home runs they hit in Game 2 on Wednesday.
UP NEXT: Game 4 Texas League Championship Series
Amarillo at Tulsa, Saturday, September 14, 7:05 PM at ONEOK Field. RHP