W – Hurley (2-3)
27-20, 2.5 GU
Eric Hurley (5.93 ERA/.293 BAA) delivered his best outing of the year with seven scoreless frames. The right-hander scattered six hits, walked three [all in the first two innings] and struck out five.
Centerfielder Jason Ellison (.293/.380/.420) was 4-for-4 with a double and a walk. In the three-game set against New Orleans, Ellison went 8-for-12 with two doubles and two triples.
Joaquin Arias singled and tripled in five at-bats.
John Mayberry (1/3, BB) and Ryan Roberts (1/3, BB) each singled and walked.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an opposite-field single.
W – Gonzalez (2-1)
SV – Laughter (3)
HR – Ramirez (11)
31-15, 7.0 GU
Max Ramirez (.429/.488/.771 in May) went deep for the third consecutive game. He was 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk in the contest.
Dustin Majewski (3/5, 2B), Emerson Frostad (1/5, 2B), Adam Fox (1/4, 2B) and Craig Gentry (1/4, 2B) all doubled.
Left fielder Ben Harrison (.343/.448/.598) singled twice and walked twice.
Lefty Zack Parker, who pitched parts of four seasons with the Drillers from 2004-2007, made his return to Tulsa on Thursday night. He gave up five runs – four earned – on seven hits in five innings. Parker struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Alfredo Gonzalez and Andrew Laughter each tossed two shutout frames to close out the game. Gonzalez was the winner while Laughter got the save.
W – Phillips (4-3)
HR – Restko (1, 2), Pina (1)
28-19, 2.0 GB
Zach Phillips has had a strange 2008 season. In his 10 starts, it seems as if he has either been dominant or flat out bad.
He was dominant on Thursday, to say the least.
Phillips went all nine innings, giving up only one run on three hits. He struck out five without issuing a walk.
The left-hander has held right-handed hitters to a .193 batting average this season, but fellow southpaws are hitting him at a .356 clip.
Also, Phillips has a 2.19 ERA at home versus a 12.06 ERA away from the friendly confines of Sam Lynn Ballpark.
Earlier in the week, Davis Stoneburner cranked two home runs in one game despite entering the game with zero on the season. J.T. Restko did the same thing on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of bombs and four RBI.
Catcher Manny Pina (.283/.336/.368), who appears to be having a true breakout season, was 3-for-4 with a home run. Pina has struck out just four times in 106 at-bats.
Grant Gerrard (1/4, 2B) and Truan Mehl (1/4, 2B) each doubled while Julio Borbon singled twice in five plate appearances.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon singled and walked twice.
L – Gomez (7-1)
31-12, 4.0 GU
Kennil Gomez (2.52 ERA/.211 BAA) finally lost his first game of the season after surrendering five runs, only two earned, in six innings of work. He allowed five hits, walked two, and fanned two.
Right fielder Mitch Moreland was 2-for-4 with his 13th double of the year.
Second baseman Matt Lawson returned from the disabled list with a single and a walk.
Relievers Hector Nelo (1 IP) and Julio Santana (2 IP) each threw scoreless ball.
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