Former Sooner Burch Smith Solid In Loss To Drillers
The Tulsa Drillers offense has been limited through much of the first week of this new season. Friday night at ONEOK Field, Burch Smith and the San Antonio Missions again made scoring runs difficult for the Drillers.
Kyle Parker, however, provided one big hit to help Tulsa to its second straight victory. The ex-Clemson quarterback broke a tie game with a blast into the left-centerfield gap with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Drillers a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 8,116 in downtown Tulsa.
The game-winning double capped a two-hit night for Parker who is rated as one of the top prospects within the Colorado Rockies system.
Trailing for much of the night, the Drillers produced their first run in the bottom of the eighth inning, setting the stage for Parker's heroics.
Limited to only four hits entering the ninth, Tulsa caught a break to open the inning when a ground ball off the bat of Cristhian Adames skipped by Missions first baseman Tommy Medica for an error. After Kent Matthes popped out, Kiel Roling dropped a base hit into centerfield to put runners at first and second.
Parker fouled off four pitches to work a full count. With much of the large crowd cheering, Parker brought most of them to their feet with his drive into the deepest part of left-centerfield. Centerfielder Rico Noel attempted a sliding catch, but the ball hit the base of the fence for a game-winning double.
The walk-off victory improved Tulsa's record to 3-5.
Tulsa fell behind only five pitches into the game as San Antonio leadoff batter Reymond Fuentes hit his first home run of the year to put the Missions in front.