May 14, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
SPRINGDALE, Ark - A big inning on Sunday afternoon propelled Tulsa (18-17) to a sweep of Northwest Arkansas (18-16) as the Drillers broke open a 2-2 game with five runs in the seventh en route to a 10-2 victory over the Naturals at Arvest Ballpark.
Locked in a 2-2 game, the Drillers were able to get to LHP Tim Hill whom came in on relief to begin the seventh. Tulsa started off the frame with six consecutive singles as Stetson Allie, Matt Beaty, and Michael Ahmed all collected RBIs in the process. Kyle Farmer contributed a sacrifice fly and Kyle Garlick completed the scoring with a RBI single to make it 7-2.
The visitor's from Oklahoma would go on to add two more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth to set the final at 10-2. Tulsa collected 18 hits on the day as every hitter in their starting lineup had a hit while all but two had multi-hit games.
Tulsa got to Naturals' starter LHP Matt Tenuta and jumped out in front in the top of the third inning. Tim Locastro led off the frame with a single and scored on a RBI double by Michael Ahmed. Right fielder Tyler Holt followed with a run-scoring single of his own to put the Drillers up 2-0. Northwest Arkansas would claw back with a run in the home half of the frame on a two-out RBI single by Humberto Arteaga that would score Logan Moon, whom had singled to begin the inning to make it 2-1. The game remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when Alfredo Escalera would tie it all up at 2-2 on a two-out double to plate Moon.
Coming off of a scoreless outing against the Arkansas Travelers, Tenuta gave the Naturals exactly what they were looking for on Sunday afternoon. The left-hander followed up his 6.0 scoreless on May 9 with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings of two-run baseball. His counterpart, RHP Ivan Vieitez was equally effective as the crafty right-hander gave up two runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work. Neither starting pitcher would factor in the decision as the game was ultimately decided by the two respective bullpens.
Reliever LHP Colt Hynes (W, 3-1) got the win for Tulsa with 3.0 scoreless innings while Hill (L, 0-1) took the loss for Northwest Arkansas. The victory moves Drillers to a game above .500 while Northwest Arkansas drops to 18-16 on the year.