After Rain Delay, Drillers Bats Explode In 12-4 Rout
Clinging to a 4-3 lead in the sixth, the Tulsa Drillers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 12-to-4 victory over Springfield Monday night at ONEOK Field.Newly-acquired Colorado Rockies pitcher Alex White provided terrific pitching early, tossing three and two-thirds shutout innings.The 22-year-old righty was making his second rehab start with the Drillers since being acquired in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland.Tulsa led 4-0 after he left, but Springfield made it interesting with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth.But, when Tulsa came out for their half of the eighth, they teed off against Cardinals relievers Francisco Samuel and Samuel Freeman. The Drillers sent 12 men to the plate, eight of which scored.The big play came off the bat of Wilin Rosario, who lined a shot to right field that got away from Aaron Luna, allowing Stephen Dodson, Ben Paulsen and Rosario himself to score.The only other run came on a two-out, solo home run by Springfield's Eric Duncan in the top of the ninth.Drillers reliever Josh Sullivan (3-7) earned the win, allowing one run on one hit in one and a third innings. Springfield starter Michael Blazek (10-6) suffered the loss, giving up the four early runs on five hits in five innings of work.The win brings Tulsa even with Springfield in the Texas League North Division standings. Both teams sit two games behind division leading Northwest Arkansas.Tulsa gets Tuesday off before beginning a six game road trip Wednesday at Midland.