After being rained out in Springfield on Friday night, the Drillers came into NW Arkansas on Saturday afternoon ready to play ball. A power surge by the Tulsa offense helped them take home their seventh straight win by the score of 6-2.
The Drillers scored all 6 of their runs thanks to homeruns from four different players. Corey Dickerson began the game with a leadoff blast in the top of the first inning. The homerun was his 13th of the year for Tulsa to go along with his 9 for Modesto before his promotion to Double A.
Mike Zuanich followed up Dickerson's drive with a homer of his own in the first. The opposite field blast was Zuanich's 7thof 2012 and brought it Nolan Arenado to give Tulsa a 3-0 lead.
Two innings later, Kiel Roling joined the homer parade with a 2-run shot of his own. Once again, Arenado scored giving Tulsa a 5-0 lead thanks to Roling's 12th of the season.
Lars Davis added a solo shot in the sixth inning to give the Drillers their 6th and final run of the afternoon. The Tulsa catcher and post-season All-Star now has 8 homers on the year.
Tulsa starter Joe Gardner continued his incredible run on the mound. He threw 7 innings without allowing a run and gave up 6 scattered hits. The right-hander, who was honored last week as the Texas League Pitcher of the Week, lowered his season ERA to 3.97. The win evens his record to 8-8 on the year.
Reliever Tim Sexton allowed the only Naturals damage on the day. Brian Fletcher accounted for the 2 NW Arkansas runs with his 10th homer of the year in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The two teams will square off again on Sunday in Springdale, Arkansas as the Drillers try to match their season best of 8 straight wins. Brandon Hynick (6-3, 2.31 ERA) will face off against J.C. Sulbaran (0-3, 9.95 ERA) for the Naturals. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00PM.