What: Texas League baseball, Tulsa vs. Frisco RoughRiders
Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco, Texas
When: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: KTBZ am1430
Probable pitchers: Tulsa, LHP Victor Gonzalez (1-1, 3.72 ERA); Frisco, RHP Edgar Arredondo (5-2, 4.83)
Season series: First meeting
Next home game: 7:05 p.m. June 17 vs. Frisco (Mega Money Monday)
Travelers celebrate: Jake Fraley socked two of the Arkansas Travelers’ season-high five home runs in an 11-7 victory over the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday afternoon at ONEOK Field. Arkansas (40-21) swept the four-game series and clinched the North Division first-half championship with one week remaining. It is the first time that the Travelers have won consecutive first-half titles since 1979-80.
Arkansas and Tulsa (32-30) each set season-highs for runs scored and allowed in an inning. The Travelers’ 17 hits were a season-high for them and the most allowed by the Drillers. Arkansas hit four homers during an eight-run second inning that included a single by former Bishop Kelley and Oklahoma State infielder Donnie Walton. Three of the homers and seven runs came off starter Edwin Uceta (0-1).
Travelers right-hander Andrew Moore (1-0) retired the first 16 Drillers and two relievers combined to retire the final nine in a row. But in between, the Drillers had 10 runners in a 12-batter span that included seven runs in the sixth after the Travelers’ lead had grown to 11-0.
Logan Landon’s single broke up the no-hitter and Gavin Lux ended the shutout with a two-run triple. Cristian Santana had a two-run double. After the Drillers opened the seventh with two hits, Chris Parmelee narrowly missed a three-run homer and Tulsa could not get any closer than having the tying run in the on-deck circle.
“The thing we take away from today is their guy (Moore), a big-leaguer, is throwing a perfect game and our guys kept fighting so we at least had a puncher’s chance,” Drillers manager Scott Hennessey said.
Home away from home: The Travelers, 18-8 overall against Tulsa, finished the regular season with a 12-3 record at ONEOK Field as the teams won’t meet there in the second half. The Drillers are 15-2 against the rest of the league at ONEOK Field. Arkansas has 22 homers at ONEOK Field compared to 15 at its own Dickey-Stephens Park.
Arkansas began the season with three wins in a row at ONEOK Field and won the last seven meetings there against Tulsa.
“We tip our hats to them,” Hennessey said. “They were obviously the better team this half.”
Lux, Spitzbarth honored: The Drillers honored infielder Gavin Lux as their hitter of the month for May and Shea Spitzbarth as the pitcher of the month. Lux batted .324 with eight homers and 16 RBIs in May. Spitzbarth was 2-1 with a 0.71 ERA in nine games and converted all four saves chances during the month.
Attendance comparison (30 dates): 2019: 176,596; 2018: 156,896.