Missions Blank Drillers Day After ASG

Following a three-day break for the Texas League All-Star Game, the Tulsa Drillers began a six-game road trip Friday night in San Antonio.{} In the opener, the Drillers were blanked on only three hits by a group of four Missions pitchers in a 3-0 loss at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

San Antonio starter Josh Geer was outstanding, allowing two singles in seven shutout innings.{} He did not walk a batter and struck out four while improving his record to 3-2.

Tulsa starter Joe Gardner also pitched well.{} He surrendered two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

San Antonio got the only run it needed in the bottom of the first. After striking out the leadoff batter, Gardner hit San Antonio second baseman Jonathan Galvez with a pitch. With two outs, the hit batsman proved to be costly when Cody Decker doubled to right center field to bring Galvez in to score.{}

It was Decker's first game back with San Antonio after spending the past 32 games with Triple-A Tucson. The 25-year-old first baseman batted .215 and collected 23 hits and 4 homers with the Padres.

The Missions threatened again in the bottom of the third when Geer grounded a single up the middle to begin the inning.{} After two groundouts, Geer found himself at third. Gardner worked around the leadoff hit by getting the Missions three-hole hitter, Jake Blackwood, to ground back to the mound.

San Antonio shortstop, Jeudy Valdez started off the bottom of the seventh with a line drive double that rolled to the left field wall.{} With Rymer Liriano batting, Valdez advanced to third on the wild pitch by Gardner.{}

Liriano walked to put runners at the corners with nobody out.{} Texas League All-Star, Dean Anna, picked up an RBI in his pinch-hit appearance by hitting a deep sacrifice fly ball to Tulsa centerfielder Mike Mitchell that scored Valdez.{}

The First Fidelity Bank Home Run Derby champion from a night ago, Nate Freiman, pinch-hit for Geer and singled on a chopper between Arenado and Rutledge.{}

Freiman's single ended Gardner's night, as Josh Sullivan came into the game in a tight spot with runners on first and second with only one out. The first batter the All-Star reliever faced was Reymond Fuentes who struck out swinging.{} After a tricky hop on a ground ball by Jonathan Galvez loaded the bases, Rymer Liriano scored on a passed ball to make the score 3-0.{}

One of the few threats the Drillers had came in the top of the 8th when Mitchell led off with a line drive single to center.{} The threat came to a halt when Lars Davis grounded into a double play and Warren Schaeffer struck out swinging.{}

The two teams will play game two of their series Saturday night.{} The Drillers will have right-hander Parker Frazier (3-8, 3.83 ERA) going to the mound against San Antonio's Hayden Beard (4-4, 5.99 ERA).{} First pitch is scheduled for 7:00PM.