Two blow outs and two one run affairs made up the action last night.
This game was actually much closer than the final score indicated as the Sky Sox put seven runs on the board in the final two innings. However, the offense did produce base runners for most of the night. The bats mounted a 16 hit attack in which every single starter recorded at least one knock. Kyle Parker, Michael McKenry, Ben Paulsen, Evan Frey, Paul Janish, and Drew Garcia all recorded two hits with Janish belting his first home run of the year and Paulsen picking up a pair of doubles to raise his OPS on the season to .965.
On the mound, Yohan Flande picked up his first win of the season after going 5.1 innings and holding the Cubs to two runs on eight strike outs and three walks. Chad Bettis came into the game from there and posted his eighth scoreless outing in his last ten appearances, but he also walked three in his two innings of work. Chris Martin finished off the game from there with 1.2 innings of perfect work.
Here's something you don't see too often: The Tulsa pitching staff getting bombarded. The Drillers were forced to use six pitchers in this game and four of them gave up multiple runs. The mess started when Tyler Anderson could only make it through three innings of work on 64 pitches and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and a pair of walks. He did however strike out five hitters on his way to the loss.
It didn't get much better from there. Ryan Arrowood surrendered five runs in his one inning of works, Ken Roberts gave up two more runs the inning after that, and Scott Oberg allowed the final two runs of the night in the eighth which completed the 13-0 whipping. The only two Driller pitchers who didn't contribute to the bleeding were Leuris Gomez and Cole White.
Meanwhile, the Tulsa offense was completely silenced by Luke Jackson. Four hits is all they managed all game; two from Brian Humphries, one from Ryan Casteel, and another from Jared Simon.
Devin Burke now has a little run going as last night's five innings of one run baseball mark the fourth consecutive start in which he's allowed one earned run or less. Unfortunately, that also came attached with an ugly four walks to to just two strikeouts.
Offensively, all the damage was done by the top of the lineup. David Kandilas recorded multiple hits for the third time in his last seven games which included a triple and a run scored, Chris O'Dowd (who now has a .906 OPS in the month of May) had a hit and an RBI, and Patrick Valaika stayed red hot as he was on base twice with a hit and a free pass and added a stolen base for good measure.
Both teams were dreadful with runners in scoring position in this one as they went a combined 2-21 in that situation.
This was a rough loss as the Tourists blew a four run lead early, retook the advantage in the seventh, and then allowed a pair of runs in the ninth to take a tough defeat.
It started off like many Tourist blowouts this season as Asheville sent eight men to the plate in the opening frame. David Dahl led off the game with a walk and and Ryan McMahon and Correlle Prime each posted doubles later in the inning to help give the Tourists a big lead out of the gate.
Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on as Alex Balog allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work. It wasn't all hit fault though as errors from Max White and Emerson Jimenez made three of them unearned.
With the game all tied at four in the seventh inning, Dahl led off with a triple. Then, two batters later, Raimel Tapia doubled him home with that looked to be the game winning run.
However, it was not to be as Dylan Stamey entered in the ninth and gave up two runs on four hits while recording just one out leading to his name being attached to both the blown save and the loss.
Sky Sox: Christian Bergman (3-2, 3.24)
Drillers: Richard Castillo (1-2, 3.92)
Nuts: Matt Flemer (4-4, 5.03)
Tourists: Konner Wade (3-4, 5.36)