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Offense Struggles in Loss to Tulsa

July 21, 2019 - Texas League (TL) - Midland RockHounds News Release

There were only seven hits, total, in Saturday night's game between Tulsa and the RockHounds. The Drillers had four of them, including the only two that mattered when all was said and done.

Zack McKinstry led off the fourth with a double into the right field corner and Omar Estevez, after falling behind, 0-2, ripped an RBI single up the middle for the game's first run. After the RockHounds missed scoring chances in the seventh and eighth, Tulsa scored twice in a "less than pretty" home half of the eighth (one hit, one walk, two errors) as the Drillers defeated the RockHounds, 3-0, Saturday night at ONEOK Field.

Matt Milburn (see below) rebounded from a tough start (last Sunday) against Corpus Christi with an outstanding performance. The right-hander gave up just one run on three hits (the other was a bunt single by Drew Avans in the seventh), while walking two and striking out eight in a tough loss.

Parker Curry followed "opener" Andre Scrubb to the mound, entering with two out in the second, and went 5? innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine. Yordy Cabrera escaped an eighth-inning threat for the hold and Nolan Long retired the side in order in the ninth for his second save.

Texas League South Division

Saturday's games were a North Division sweep, including Northwest Arkansas' 14-3 trouncing of Amarillo, so the standings are unchanged.

The RockHounds and Sod Poodles (both 15-14) lead Corpus Christi (14-15) by one game ... and Frisco (11-17) by 3½ games.

Notable

Tulsa has feasted on the South Division in 2019. The Drillers are 23-9 versus the South, including a 6-2 mark against the RockHounds. The clubs met early in the season (at the end of April) and, while the 'Hounds took 2-of-3 at Security Bank Ballpark, the Drillers swept a three-game series in Tulsa and have won the first two games of the current series at ONEOK Field.

Matt Milburn's last four starts have provided a remarkable contrast. Corpus Christi, rather obviously his nemesis, scored 21 runs on 23 hits in 6? innings in the games of July 4 & 14 (a 28.35 earned run average). In his other two starts (July 9 at home against Amarillo and Saturday at Tulsa), Matt has allowed three earned runs on six hits over 14.0 innings ... a 1.93 ERA.

Tyler Ramirez (1-for-3, walk, single) extended his on-base streak to 12 games (9-41, .220).

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Edwin Diaz ripped a double to left field in the seventh inning, and the 'Hounds sure hope it was a sign of things to come.

With 44% of the starting lineup (Luis Barrera, Dairon Blanco, Greg Deichmann and Mikey White ) on the Injured List, the club is searching for offense. Edwin's double (his 23rd of the season and 36th extra-base hit) was a welcome site. He is just 2-for-32 in his last nine games (.063) and 13-for-78 (.167) in his last 23.

Next Game

Sunday, July 21 vs. Tulsa Drillers

ONEOK Field Tulsa, Oklahoma

First pitch 7:05 p.m.

- Third of a four-game series and sixth of a seven-game road trip

- Radio: NewsTalk 550 with Bob Hards ... airtime 7:00 p.m.

Probable Starters

TUL: Rob Zastryzny (LH, 0-1, 3.00)

RH: Kyle Friedrichs (RH, 3-5, 3.95)


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