LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Steffan Majer retired 11 Tulsa batters
in a row Thursday night and Ric Christian drilled a two-run
double, lifting Arkansas to a 6-2 nightcap victory and a
The Travelers took advantage of five Drillers' errors to
win the first game, 6-5.
Arkansas' three-game winning streak is its longest of the
season and pulled the Travelers within 1 1/2 games of the Eastern
Division third-place Drillers in a battle of teams with
the worst records in the Texas League.
The two teams will continue their seven-game series (Arkansas
leads 3-1) with a single game Friday night and a doubleheader
Saturday night before the Drillers return to open a six-day
homestand against Shreveport in Tulsa. Friday's probable
starting pitchers are Mike Campbell (2-2) for Tulsa and
Luis Faccio (1-2) for Arkansas.
A crowd of 2,366 turned out at Ray Winder Field and watched
Majer (2-1) retire 11 in a row before walking Jeff Frye
and Ozzie Hernandez to open the sixth. Majer was replaced
by Dave Richardson, who walked Mike Burton to load the bases
with none out. Ivan Rodriguez lined out before Paco Burgos
singled to score Frye.
But Richardson fanned Donald Harris and Rod Morris to quell
the Drillers' comeback hopes.
Tulsa loser Everett Cunningham (0-3), making his first start
of the season, left in the fifth after a walk and one-out
single. But Christian greeted reliever Barry Manuel's first
pitch with a two-run double off the left-field wall.
The Travs scored two in the second on a single by Jose Fernandez
and a double by Cliff Brannon. Fernandez scored on a groundout
and Brannon was plated by a wild pitch.
Luis Martinez walked and stole second in the sixth, scoring
on Brannon's single. Brannon tallied on a single by Joe
Federico against Tulsa's third pitcher, Rob Brown.
The Drillers committed five errors in the first four innings
of the opener, including two in a row in the second inning.
Christian reached when Frye was unable to handle Hernandez'
throw on a forceout at second, loading the bases. Burgos
followed with a throwing error, allowing both Steve Fanning
and Christian to score.
Arkansas' John Sellick clubbed a two-run homer, his eighth,
in the third.
Still, the Drillers muffed a golden opportunity to at least
tie the game in the seventh. Harris led off with a double
and scored on Frye's single. Hernandez doubled, Frye stopping
at third, but reliever Troy Salvior retired the next three
batters to pick up his third save.