Drillers Drop 3rd StraightMay 16, 2012 - Texas League (TL) Tulsa Drillers
The loss of Myers, who had hit six homers in six games against Tulsa this season, was covered by Paulo Orlando who broke a scoreless tie with his first home run of the season in the top of the fifth inning to put the Naturals in front 1-0.
Northwest Arkansas added to its lead in the sixth. With one out Sharlon Schoop doubled and Johnny Whittleman walked. After a ground out advanced the runners to second and third, both came home to make it 3-0 when Eric Duncan lined a base hit into centerfield.
The Drillers cut into the lead in the bottom half of the sixth. Angelys Nine drew a walk and first baseman Kiel Roling belted his seventh home run of the year to pull Tulsa to within 3-2.
The Naturals ended the Drillers hopes of a comeback with a three-run eighth inning. Whittleman doubled in front of a run-scoring hit by Mario Lisson, and Duncan followed with his first home run of the season to increase the Naturals lead to 6-2.
As a team, it was the 14th home run for Northwest Arkansas in only 7 meetings with Tulsa this season. The power display has helped the Naturals win 6 of the 7 games between the two teams, including 3 in a row.
The loss was the third straight for the Drillers, matching a season high, and dropped their first-place lead to only two games in the North Divisions standings.
Tulsa starting pitcher Dan Houston pitched well but was tagged with his fourth loss, evening his record at 4-4. Houston worked six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked two batters and matched a season high with seven strikeouts.
Ryan Dennick was the fill-in starter for Odorizzi and was outstanding. Making only the third start of his professional career, Dennick lasted five innings and shut the Drillers out on only three hits. The right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Tulsa was limited to only five hits in the defeat with Kent Matthes accounting for two of them with his second straight two-hit game. In the three losses to the Naturals this series, the Drillers have been held to only 17 hits and a .185 team batting average.
The Drillers will look to salvage the final game of the four-game series with Northwest Thursday night. Major leaguer Jorge Del Rosa (0-0, 36.00 ERA), who is on an injury rehabilitation assignment from the Colorado Rockies, will pitch for Tulsa against Noel Arguelles (1-3, 6.61 ERA) of the Naturals. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM in downtown Tulsa.
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