04/13/05 - Texas League (TL) Tulsa Drillers The Tulsa Drillers held the Springfield Cardinals to only two hits Wednesday night but could not generate any offense and lost their second game in a row to the Cardinals 1-0.
The only run of the game scored in the first inning and came without the benefit of a hit. Shaun Boyd drew a leadoff walk against Drillers starting pitcher Christian Parker. Boyd promptly stole second base and advanced to third when catcher Dan Conway's throw struck him and deflected into center field. With Boyd at third, Mathew Demarco hit a slow roller up the first base line that first baseman Corey Slavik fielded. Slavik's throw to the plate was low and Boyd slid safely home to give the Cards the lead.
From that point, the pitchers took control of the game. The only other good chance to score in the game came in the top of the fourth inning when the Drillers loaded the bases with no outs, but Gustavo Escobar grounded back to pitcher Jeremy Cook who turned it into a 1-2-3 double play. Cook then retired Parker on a sharp grounder to the shortstop to end the threat.
Springfield pitchers retired the final 11 Tulsa hitters in the game. Only three players hit safely in the game with Slavik going 2-4 for Tulsa and Milko Jaramillo going 2-3 for the Cardinals. Escobar added a single for Tulsa for the only other hit in the game.
Cook (1-0) recorded the win while Josh Kinney worked a perfect ninth inning to gain his second save in as many nights. Parker, despite his strong outing, took the loss for the Drillers to even his record at 1-1. The loss drops Tulsa's season record to 3-3.
The two teams will meet again on Thursday night at Springfield's Hammons Field. Zack Parker (0-0, 7.20) will make the start for Tulsa. Former Oklahoma State pitcher Buddy Blair (0-1, 4.50) will make his second start of the year for the Cardinals. Game time is scheduled for 7:10PM.