Tulsa reliever Coty Woods allowed his first run of the season Friday night, and it gave the Frisco RoughRiders a walk-off win. Woods surrendered a two-out base hit to Ryan Strausborger in the bottom of the ninth inning that scored Mike Olt to give the RoughRiders a 4-3 victory at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The win completed a three-game sweep for the Riders and sent the Drillers to their fourth straight loss.
Woods began the ninth by retiring the dangerous Jurickson Profar on a ground out, but Olt followed with a base hit. Alex Buchholz was retired on a slow bouncer to short, as Olt advanced to second and into scoring position. The Drillers elected to intentionally walk Chris McGuiness, putting runners at first and second for Strausborger, and the Frisco leftfielder lined a 2-1 pitch from Woods into left field. Tim Torres fielded the hit and threw home, but Olt was able to slide in safely with the game-winning run just ahead of the tag from catcher Lars Davis.
It was the first run allowed by Woods in 24 appearances this season. It ended a streak of 23 1/3 scoreless innings for the reliever.
Despite the loss, the Drillers were able to accomplish something that no other Texas League team had been able to do this season. They kept Frisco starting pitcher Barret Loux from winning. The right-hander made his 11th start of the season, and he was a perfect 10-0 in his first ten starts this year.
After Olt had give the RoughRiders a 1-0 lead with a solo home run off Tulsa starter Edwar Cabrera in the second inning, the Drillers plated two runs in the third to take a lead to take the lead against Loux.
With one out, Davis walked and Mike Mitchell singled. Josh Rutledge followed with another base hit, but Davis was thrown out at the plate by Strausborger, keeping the Riders lead intact. After a double steal by Mitchell and Rutledge, Angelys Nina hit a grounder to Profar. The shortstop fielded the bouncer but threw wildly past first, allowing both runners to score and give the Drillers a 2-1 lead.
Olt struck again in the fourth inning to put the Riders back in front. His second homer of the night, a two-run shot, gave Frisco a 3-2 lead.
Rutledge's solo homer in the top of the fifth tied the game at 3-3. It was the Tulsa shortstop's 7th home run of the year.
Cabrera lasted seven innings and surrendered the three runs on only four hits. He walked two batters and struck out six.
Josh Sullivan worked a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Cabrera.
Loux, who entered the game as professional baseball's winningest pitcher, worked six innings and allowed five hits and three runs, though only one was earned.
Both teams were limited to six hits each in the game.
In the three-game sweep, the Drillers totaled only 18 hits and scored only 7 runs. Despite the sweep, they remain in first place in the North Division standings of the Texas League, three games in front of Northwest Arkansas and Springfield.
Tulsa will now travel to Midland, Texas and will begin a three-game series with the RockHounds Saturday night. Joe Gardner (2-2, 5.11 ERA) is expected to start the opener against Sonny Gray (1-3, 4.17 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00PM at Citibank Ballpark.
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