RIGHT-HANDER Barry Manuel recorded his fifth save as Tulsa
won its fourth straight game with a 4-3 decision over Arkansas
in Texas League baseball action at Drillers Stadium Saturday night.
A crowd of 3,370 saw the Drillers hold on to an early 4-0
lead in hiking their record to 7-2 and remain atop the TL East.
Left-hander Brian Romero earned his second triumph of the
season for the Drillers.
However, once Tulsa's air-tight relief rose to the occasion.
Former Oklahoma State southpaw Bryan Gore, who will move
into the starting rotation at Shreveport Monday night, hurled
two scoreless innings to set up Manuel's rescue job.
Don Prybylinski had an infield hit down the third base line
to open the ninth against Manuel. Then with Prybylinski
running, pinch hitter Jeff Shireman laced what might have
been a single to center. However, second baseman Jeff Frye,
former Southeastern State All-American, raced to cover on
the play and got the grounder in time to make the forceout
singlehandedly and threw to first baseman Trey McCoy for
Tulsa's only double play of the game.
Manuel then induced Charlie White who had launched Arkansas'
comeback with a home run to ground out to Frye to end the contest.
Gore now has pitched 11 innings this season without allowing
any runs. The elbow injury to right-hander Robb Nen has
given Gore an opportunity to start.
"I like being a stopper," said Manuel. "That's what I
did at LSU and everything is falling into place now."
The Drillers scored in the first inning for the sixth time
in nine games this season. Frye led off with a double to
left, took third as Rod Morris grounded out to the right
side and scored on Dan Rohrmeier's single. Rohrmeier then
came home as Pat Garman celebrated his 26th birthday with
the second double of the inning.
Tulsa scored an unearned run in the second inning when Don
Harris was nicked by a pitch, advanced on a groundout and
came home on shortstop Frank Abreu's error.
The Drillers hiked their lead to 4-0 in the third as Stone
walked Garman ahead of McCoy's RBI double.
After 28 scoreless innings, the Travelers got on the scoreboard
with Charlie White's second home run of the season in the
The Travelers pulled to within a run of the Drillers as
Joey Fernandez walked and raced home on John Sellick's triple
to center field. Sellick also scored on Frye's errant relay throw.
"We got good relief pitching again, but we didn't get those
hits," said Arkansas manager Joe Pettini, whose Travs have
had a lead only once, that in the opener of the series.
DRILLER BITS...It's Tulsa World Family Day Sunday when Tulsa
ends its first homestand with a 2:05 p.m. Texas League game
with Arkansas. Entire families up to seven persons will
be admitted for $6 with a coupon from the Tulsa World. Also
on tap Sunday will be the EOOC Kids Baseball Clinic beginning
at 12:30 p.m. Special guests will include players from Bixby,
Sapulpa, Catoosa, Collinsville and the Tulsa Kids Baseball
League Southeast Area....
Pitching matchups pit Arkansas left-hander Mike Milchin
(0-1) against right-hander David Perez (0-0) of the Drillers....
Chuck Lamson, director of Drillers Stadium operations, has
the record for the most no-hit innings in a game by a Driller
pitcher. That came in 1980 when Lamson hurled 8 2/3 hitless
innings against San Antonio. Dale Holman, now an auto dealer
in Shreveport, ruined Lamson's no-hit bid with an infield
hit in the ninth inning.
"I pitched Holman (left-handed hitter) high and tight,
and he popped a hit over third baseman Mike Jirschele's
head. The ball didn't go out of the infield," said Lamson....