The Tulsa Drillers losing streak was extended to four straight games Sunday night with a 4-1 loss to the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock. The Drillers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but it disappeared with a four-run sixth inning from the Travs. Tulsa has scored a total of only five runs in the four losses.
The Drillers lone bright spot came on the game's fourth pitch when leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson belted his seventh home run to stake Tulsa to a 1-0 lead. The long drive cleared the right field bullpen and landed atop a picnic area roof.
Starting pitcher Josh Outman blanked the Travelers on only four hits through the first five innings, but things unraveled in the big sixth. The four-run outburst began with a leadoff single by Renny Osuna. Roberto Lopez followed with a double that scored Osuna to tie the game. Lopez later scored on a wild pitch to put the Travs in front 2-1.
The inning continued when Casey Haerther singled with one out and Brian Hernandez drew a walk. Jimmy Swift struck out, but Alberto Rosario singled to load the bases.
Zach Simons replaced Outman and surrendered a ground-rule double to Darwin Perez that plated both Haerther and Hernandez to give Arkansas a 4-1 lead.
The Drillers were unable to cut into the deficit over the final three innings. Their only hit came on a two-out single by Lars Davis with two outs in the seventh.
In the three losses to the Travs, Tulsa has scored only 3 runs on only 12 hits.
Outman's record fell to 1-2 with the loss. He was charged with all four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Outman surrendered eight hits and two walks while striking out six.
The Travelers played the game without shortstop Jean Segura who was promoted to the majors by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim following Saturday's game. Segura, who is rated by MLB.com as the Angels top minor league prospect, becomes the latest 2012 Texas League player to be promoted to the majors.
The Drillers will try to avoid a four-game sweep to the Travelers Monday evening. Dan Houston (8-8, 3.51 ERA) will take the mound against A.J. Schugel (5-7, 2.97 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:08PM at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark.