The Drillers were able to wake up their bats on Tuesday afternoon to the tune of a season best 15 hits in a 9-4 win in Springdale, Arkansas.
The 15 hits almost matched the combined total of 18 in Tulsa's previous three games at Arvest Ballpark.
They roughed up the NW Arkansas pitching staff in more ways than one. Both Lars Davis and Tim Torres had singles that deflected off of Natural pitchers and Davis' knocked reliever Tim Melville out of the ballgame.
Every Tulsa player recorded at least 1 hit in support of starterEdwar Cabrera. The win snaps a season high three game losing streak for the Drillers and gives them some momentum heading into an 8 game home stand beginning Thursday at ONEOK Field.
Tulsa scored in each of the first five innings of the game with their first run coming thanks to a passed ball. Josh Rutledge led the game off with a single and advanced to third after a wild pitch and a ground out. He came in to score when a pitch grazed off of catcher Julio Rodriguez's glove and bounced to the backstop.
Davis accounted for the Tulsa runs in the 2nd inning when he belted his second homerun of the season. The blast scored Jimmy Cesario who had singled and stole a base earlier in the inning.
A 3-run third inning extended the Driller lead to 6 runs. A walk to Angelys Nina, back-to-back singles by Ben Paulsen and Kent Matthes and a wild pitch with Torres at the plate allowed the first 2 runs to cross home. Davis then plated another Tulsa run with a single to give him his third RBI of the game.
The Drillers scored one run in both the fourth and fifth innings as well with big hits by Nolan Arenado, Nina, Torres, and Rutledge.
Cabrera's shutout was squandered in the bottom of the fourth when he gave up a 2-run homer to Mario Lisson. Wil Myers also homered off of Cabrera in the sixth inning to account for the 3rd earned run of the day off of the lefty starter. The blast for Myers was his fifth in his last six games and ties him for the Texas League lead with eleven.
Cabrera was replaced after six innings by Will Harris. His finalpitching line was 6 innings, 4 hits allowed, 3 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. Harris threw a perfect inning in relief and was followed by Royce Ring who also pitched a perfect inning.
After the Drillers tacked on their ninth run in the top of the eighth, the Naturals made their last stand. They threatened in the bottom in the ninth when they drew 4 walks from Mike Marbry. Coty Woods came into the game to close out the Tulsa win and pick up his sixth save of the season.
Tulsa has an off day on Wednesday and will take on the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday, May 10th.
NOTES: Josh Rutledge extended his hitting streak to 7 games (tied for Drillers longest this season)...Coty Woods extended his streak of scoreless outings to 15...Cabrera improved his record to 4-2 and has a season ERA of 3.09.