Next: 6:05 p.m., Tulsa vs. Springfield Cardinals at ONEOK Field
Probable launchers: Springfield, LHP Domingo Robles (4-5, 6.50 ERA); Tulsa, to be confirmed
Series season: Cardinals lead 12-11
Specials: Fireworks/918 Jersey Auction — The regular season finale will be followed by the final fireworks display of the season. For the last time this year, the Drillers will wear their Tulsa flag-based 918 jerseys. Fans will have the opportunity to obtain a Drillers 918 jersey during a silent auction which will be located in front of the Team Store. The auction will run from 5 p.m. until the end of round seven, with proceeds going to the Tulsa Drillers Foundation.
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Saturday’s recap: The Tulsa Drillers took an early four-point lead, then held on to defeat the Springfield Cardinals, 7-3, Saturday night at ONEOK Field.
Tulsa opened the game with a quick offensive flurry. Justin Yurchak scored a single down the middle, followed by a left single from Andy Pages. Ryan Ward slammed a ground rule double to left center, scoring Yurchak and sending Pages to third. Brandon Lewis hit a ground out, then Abital Avelino homered over the left field wall, leaving the Drillers in front, all before recording an out.
The Cardinals finally broke into the scoring column on Nick Dunn’s brace in the sixth, which scored Masyn Winn.
Yurchak hit a solo homer right with one out in the seventh to cut Tulsa’s lead to four runs, 5-1. But Jordan Walker had an RBI double and Dunn added a scoring single as the Cardinals cut Tulsa’s lead to 5-3 after the start of the eighth.
Tulsa, however, reduced its advantage to four points at the end of the inning. Lewis walked to start and Avelino singled out. Kody Hoese hit in the pick of a defenseman, leaving the runners first and third with one out. Kenneth Betencourt’s infield single brought Lewis home, then Kekai Rios hit hard, Hoese crossing the plate for a 7-3 Drillers lead.
Jose Hernandez finished the win by getting three outs in the top of the ninth.
Enclosure Movements: Tulsa reliever Jose Adames was promoted to Triple-A from Oklahoma City, while the Drillers received left-hander Jeff Belge from High-A Great Lakes, where he was 3-3 with an ERA of 3.66 in 29 appearances. He has 50 strikeouts in 32 innings. Belgian was drafted by parent Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round in 2019 from St. John’s University, and after 14 games at the rookie level, he was promoted to the Great Lakes later that summer and had been with the Loons ever since.
Belle returns: Springfield southpaw John Beller, who struck out three strikes in 1⅓ of scoreless innings Friday against Tulsa, pitched at ONEOK Field for the first time since making the 2020 Drillers team in Texas Collegiate League.
Escobar, YaSenka (7), Brettell (8) and Raposo; Sheehan, Gamboa (4), Dodson (8), Hernandez (9) and Rios. W: Gamboa (11-4). L : Escobar (7-12). HOUR: TUL, Avelino (7), Yurchak (8). RBI: SPR, Dunn 2 (43), Walker (65); TUL, Avelino 2 (26), Lewis (71), Ward (78), Yurchak (48), Betencourt (7). LOB: GSP 7, TUL 5. T: 2h35. A: 5,945.