Tulsa drops game one of Texas League Championship Series
Former Driller Kent Matthes took revenge on his old club by blasting a three run home run in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. The homer propelled Midland toa 5-1 win and a 1-0 lead in the Double-A Tulsa League Championship Series.
Eddie Butler got the start for Tulsa, and he was what one might call "effectively wild." He worked five innings and didn't allow an earned run, though an unearned run scored on an error by Butler and Trevor Story. He only allowed three hits, but he walked four as well, and needed 98 pitches to get through those five innings. He struck out four.
Offensively, the Drillers were stymied by Nate Long of Midland, who worked eight innings and allowed just one run. That run was courtesy of a Delta Cleary Jr infield hit. There were only two other Driller hits the entire game.
Ryan Arrowood gave up Matthes's bomb and took the loss. The Drillers will look to even up the series today.
Asheville loses 4-3 in tenth inning against Hagerstown
The South Atlantic League Championship series is now knotted at one win apiece as Hagerstown downed the Tourists. The combination of Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Ryan McMahon went 1 for 14 on a Tapia double.
Zach Osbourne singled in two runs and Jose Briceno hit an RBI double, but that would be the extent of Tourist scoring.
Wilmer Difo of the Suns gets the game ball for this contest. He homered twice, including the game winner in the tenth inning against Troy Neiman.
Johendi Jiminian of the Tourists had a ragged outing, working 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on eight hits (only two runs were earned). He struck out three and walked one.
With the series tied up, the Tourists are going to have to go to Hagerstown to get their business done and take home the championship.