LITTLE ROCK - The Tulsa Drillers took some more batting
practice to get ready for their championship showdown.
Sparked by Dan Peltier's five runs batted in and three hits
each by George Threadgill and Dan Rohrmeier, the Drillers
mounted a 16-hit attack to rout the Arkansas Travelers 14-5
Wednesday night at Ray Winder Field.
In three games over the past two days, Tulsa scored 29 runs
on 35 hits.
The victory Wednesday, combined with Shreveport's 4-3 loss
to Jackson, gives the Drillers a 3 1/2-game lead over both
the Captains and the Mets with six games remaining in the
first half. The two teams will battle for the first-half
championship of the Texas League's Eastern Division in a
head-to-head series at Shreveport, beginning at 7:35 tonight.
Tulsa's magic number is three.
Right-hander Everett Cunningham, 6-3 at Charlotte of the
Class A Florida State League, won his Drillers' debut, allowing
six hits and five runs in 52/3 innings. He gave up solo
home runs to Mike Ross in the second and Mike Fitzgerald
in the fourth.
Marv Rockman shut out the Travelers the rest of the way
for his second save.
Mike Milchin, 2-1, took the loss.
Arkansas held a 2-0 lead after three innings, but Tulsa
bounced back in the fourth, sending 12 men to the plate
and scoring seven runs.
Included in the big inning were a run-scoring triple by
Peltier and a two-run triple by Bill Haselman.
Tulsa added two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings
and closed the game with a three-run ninth.