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Springfield's Komar Shuts Out Drillers

July 27, 2023 - Texas League (TL)
Tulsa Drillers News Release

Tulsa Drillers' Austin Gauthier at bat
Tulsa Drillers' Austin Gauthier at bat
(Tulsa Drillers, Credit: Rich Crimi)

TULSA, OK- The Tulsa Drillers (aka Noodlers) offense could not get out of the starting blocks on Thursday night. Springfield Cardinals (aka Cashew Chickens) starting pitcher Brandon Komar shut down the Drillers offense for nine innings as he tossed a three-hit, complete-game shutout in the 7-0 Tulsa loss at ONEOK Field.

The Drillers played from behind from the start as Springfield took a 2-0 lead on Pedro Pages' first-inning home run.

The Cardinals added three more runs in the third inning, with two being unearned due to a fielding error by Jorbit Vivas.

Tulsa starting pitcher Nick Nastrini completed four innings in his 17th start of the season. The former UCLA Bruin allowed five runs on five hits and two walks, with only three runs being earned. Nastrini struck out three batters and was charged with his third loss.

After Nastrini, the Drillers bullpen did not allow a hit over the next three and two third innings. Braydon Fisher did not allow a hit in two scoreless innings, and Jack Little pitched a perfect seventh inning.

In the ninth, three consecutive singles loaded the bases for the Cardinals before an RBI groundout, a hit batter and a bases-loaded walk brought home three more runs to increase Springfield's lead to 7-0.

The Drillers earned just their fifth baserunner of the night in the ninth inning when Imanol Vargas drew a one-out walk. A strikeout and a groundout ended the game and completed the shutout for Komar.


*The Drillers have a career record of 5-4 when playing as the Noodlers.

*Thursday was Tulsa's fifth shutout loss of the season.

*Eddys Leonard extended his on-base streak to 26 straight games with a single to lead off the second inning. The streak is the longest this season by a Tulsa hitter and the longest active streak in the Texas League. It is also the third-longest streak in the league this season and the longest streak for a Driller since Michael Busch reached safely in 27 straight games during the 2021 season.

*The Cardinals stole two more bases and are a perfect 11-11 in steal attempts in the series. The Drillers have now allowed a total of 161 steals this season with attempted stealers achieving an 86.1% success rate.

*The two teams wore alternate identity uniforms in the game and will continue to wear them for the remainder of the series. The Drillers wore their lime green Noodlers jerseys to celebrate the popular aquatic sport. Springfield wore its black and red Cashew Chickens uniforms to honor the Asian cuisine that originated in Springfield.


The Drillers will play the Cardinals in the fourth game of their six-game series Thursday night at ONEOK Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the starting pitchers are slated to be:

Springfield - RHP Tink Hence (1-1, 1.80 ERA)

Tulsa - RHP Nick Frasso (1-3, 3.13 ERA)

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Tulsa Drillers' Austin Gauthier at bat
Tulsa Drillers' Austin Gauthier at bat

(Rich Crimi)

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