LITTLE ROCK - After losing the first game of a doubleheader
in extra innings and then falling behind by three runs after
one inning in the nightcap, the Arkansas Travelers became
single-minded Tuesday night.
The Travelers bunched together eight singles in a 10-run
third inning to trounce the Tulsa Drillers 13-6 in the second
game of a Texas League doubleheader at Ray Winder Field.
Tulsa won the opener 9-5, scoring four runs in the 10th
inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest with the help
of three Arkansas errors.
The split left Tulsa with a 2 1/2-game lead over second-place
Shreveport in the TL East Division with seven games left
in the first half of the season. Shreveport lost 4-3 to
Jackson on Tuesday night.
After the big inning to close out the opener, Tulsa appeared
to be in good shape for the second game when Monty Fariss'
two-run double gave the Drillers a 3-0 lead. Kevin Belcher
had scored the first run on a passed ball.
But the Travelers came back with a vengeance in the third
inning. They sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning
against Cedric Shaw and Felipe Castillo and got eight hits,
all singles. Shaw, 4-5, faced eight batters in the inning
and allowed five singles and three walks. Castillo came
on and gave up three more singles before getting out of
Arkansas' Paul Thoutsis had a two-run single in the third,
and Mike Ross, Joey Fernandez, Mike Fitzgerald, Ric Christian,
Joe Hall and Scott Nichols added run-scoring singles. One
run scored on a wild pitch and another on a throwing error
Tulsa narrowed the margin to 10-6 in the fifth on a two-run
double by Darrin Garner and a run-scoring single by Paco
Burgos. Arkansas responded with Hall's run-scoring single
in the bottom of the inning and added two more runs in the
sixth on a bases-loaded walk issued by Tulsa reliever Mike
Taylor and a wild pitch by Paul Postier.
Len Picota, 4-3, got the victory despite allowing six runs
on eight hits and three walks in six innings.
The game was tied 4-4 after the scheduled seven innings.
Bill Haselman's sacrifice fly scored Dan Rohrmeier to give
Tulsa a 5-4 lead in the eighth, but Arkansas tied it again
in the bottom of the inning on Ross' sacrifice fly.
Greg Iavarone hit a two-run single to highlight Tulsa's
winning rally in the 10th.