SAN ANTONIO - There is nothing like dragging out the suspense
the way the San Antonio Missions and Tulsa Drillers did
The two teams waited until the final batter to decide the
winner in both games of a Texas League doubleheader before
a crowd of 2,663 at Keith Memorial Stadium.
The Drillers won the first game 4-2 when reliever David
Lynch struck out the Missions' Henry Rodriguez with the
bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning. San Antonio
won the nightcap 3-2 on Luis Martinez's two-run single off
Tulsa's Phil Bryant.
The two teams resume the series tonight with the Drillers'
Eric McCray, 4-5, scheduled to face Mike James, 8-3.
Lynch was called on to earn his first save of the season
in Tuesday night's opener when San Antonio loaded the bases
against Tulsa starter Roger Pavlik, 3-3, with two out in
the seventh. Lynch struck out Rodriguez, who leads the Texas
League in home runs (19) and runs batted in (84), on a 3-2
Kevin Belcher drove in the Drillers' first two runs. He
had a leadoff homer, his eighth of the season, in the first
inning and added a run-scoring single to score Paco Burgos
in the fifth inning.
Tulsa added two more in the sixth when Tony Scruggs hit
his first homer of the season - a two-out shot - following
a walk to Bill Haselman.
In the second game, the Missions rallied for the victory
off Bryant, 4-2. Eddie Pye started the game-winning rally
with a leadoff single, and advanced to second on a balk
Lance Rice's sacrifice bunt moved Pye to third before Tom
Goodwin's double tied the game 2-2. Luis Martinez then followed
with a single to give the Missions a split in the doubleheader.
Tulsa had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth on Darrin
Garner's solo homer. It was only the second homer in six
professional seasons for Garner, and his first in two years
with the Drillers.
Pitcher Robbie Nen made his Drillers debut second game. He went five
innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six and walking