The Trend Continues: Frazier Solid, Drillers Lose

The Drillers came into their matchup with Northwest Arkansas on Thursday night looking to salvage their road trip with a fourth victory in seven games.{}{}Unfortunately for Tulsa, the Naturals had other plans.{}{}A great outing on the mound by Parker Frazier was spoiled in the eighth inning by a Yem Prades homerun that gave NW Arkansas the 3-2 win.

Frazier made just one mistake on the night and it came in the very first inning.{}{}After a Christian Colon single, Frazier allowed Brian Fletcher to take him deep to right field for a 2-0 Naturals lead.{}{}After the homerun, Frazier settled in nicely and retired 17 of the last 18 batters that he faced before being replaced in the 8th{}inning by Josh Sullivan.

The Tulsa offense was held in check until the top of the seventh when Kent Matthes led off the inning with his 17th{}homer of the year.{}{}The blast was Matthes' fifth homerun in his last eight games.{}{}The outfielder is hitting .387 in his last ten games.

The Drillers tied the game briefly in the eighth inning after Jose Gonzalez doubled to begin the frame.{}{}The Tulsa catcher advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a Warren Schaeffer single.{}{}With runners on first and second and 1 out, reliever Ethan Hollingsworth was able to retire Nolan Arenado and Matthes to end the Drillers threat.

After retiring the first 2 batters he faced, Sullivan gave up the game winning homerun to Prades in the bottom of the eighth.{}The homer was Prades' 6th{}of the season and it ensured NW Arkansas' 7th{}win of the second half.

Frazier's final pitching line was 7 innings, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Sullivan picked up his first loss of the season.

The Drillers will now head home to ONEOK Field to begin a seven game homestand on Friday.{}{}Game 1 of their series against the Arkansas Travelers is scheduled for 7:05PM on Friday night featuring Josh Outman (1-2, 4.07 ERA) on the mound for Tulsa.