Entering Saturday night's game with Arkansas, the Tulsa Drillers were hitting only .207 in their past 10 games. The Drillers' bats showed some life against the Travelers by generating nine hits, the most in five games, but they produced only two runs. The result was a 6-2 loss to the Travelers.
Arkansas got all the offense it needed early in the game by scoring in four of the first five innings.
The Travelers began the night with their first four hitters reaching base safely against Tulsa starter Dan Houston. Leadoff batter Travis Witherspoon opened the game with a double and later came home on a bases loaded walk.
In the second inning, Carlos Ramirez led off with another double and scored when Angel Castillo bunted for a hit and Houston threw the ball away.
After a scoreless third inning, Ramirez doubled again in the fourth and came home on a base hit by Darwin Perez.
Two more runs in the fifth upped the Travelers lead to 5-0. Three straight singles from Renny Osuna, Paul McAnulty and Roberto Lopez to open the inning produced the first run. Brian Hernandez plated the second with a sacrifice fly.
The Drillers ended the shutout in the bottom of the seventh. Jimmy Cesario and Lars Davis opened the inning with consecutive singles. After Tim Torres went down on strikes, Warren Schaeffer dropped a single into left-center field that scored Cesario.
Arkansas got the run back in the eighth off reliever Joey Williamson. Williamson loaded the bases by hitting a batter and walking two more, before Osuna produced a run-scoring single that restored the Travs five-run lead.
Tulsa catcher Lars Davis closed out the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, his fifth of the season.
The loss for Houston dropped his record to 8-9. The right-hander allowed 9 hits and 5 runs, 3 earned, in 4 2/3 innings.
Arkansas starter A.J. Schugel worked only four innings, so reliever Chris Scholl collected the win. Caleb Graham pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up a save, his first of the season.
Cesario accounted for three of the Drillers nine hits, while Davis and Nolan Arenado had two each. It was the second straight two-hit game for Arenado, who has now hit safely in six of his past seven games.
Tulsa will look to snap its three-game losing streak Sunday night. The Drillers will send Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 1.89 ERA) to the mound, while the Travelers will counter with Mike Piazza (2-3, 2.57 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM at ONEOK Field.
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