Tulsa's six-game road trip to Texas began last week with a disappointing sweep at the hands of Frisco, but the Drillers entered Monday night's finale in Midland with hopes of completing their own three-game sweep. The RockHounds quickly put and end to those thoughts with a six-run first inning and coasted to a 9-0 victory at Citibank Ballpark.
The defeat left the first-place Drillers with a 2-4 record on their trip and a two games lead in the North Division standings of the Texas League. They now return home and will begin an important eight-game homestand Wednesday night. The stand will include a four-game series with Springfield and another four-game set with Northwest Arkansas.
Midland's first inning began with the first six hitters reaching safely against Tulsa starting pitcher Parker Frazier. Conner Chambliss and Leonardo Gil opened the inning with consecutive singles before scoring on a two-run double from Anthony Aliotti. Aliotti came home to make it 3-0 when Michael Choice reached safely on an error by third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Jeremy Barfield followed with a drive down the left field line. The ball was ruled fair for a double despite the protests from members of the Tulsa bullpen who thought the ball landed foul. A triple from Josh Hunter scored both Choice and Barfield, and Michael Spina completed the big six-run inning with a sacrifice fly.
The RockHounds added to their lead in the third inning as Horton walked in front of a home run from Ryan Lipkin. The inning continued with three straight singles that upped the margin to 9-0.
The loss for Frazier dropped his season record to 2-7. He lasted three innings, allowing ten hits and nine runs, eight of which were earned.
Zach Simons worked two shutout innings in relief of Frazier. Mike Marbry, Josh Sullivan and Coty Woods each worked a scoreless frame and held the RockHounds without a hit over the final three innings.
Offensively, Tulsa was limited to only five singles. Angelys Nina collected two of them and newcomer Juan Crousset finished 1-3.
The Drillers will have on off day on Tuesday before beginning their homestand on Wednesday. Edwar Cabrera (5-4, 3.20 ERA) will work the opener for Tulsa against Scott Gorgen (2-4, 4.14 ERA) of Springfield. Starting time is slated for 7:05PM at ONEOK Field.