The Tulsa Drillers haven’t been kind to the Frisco RoughRiders during the RoughRiders road trip to ONEOK Field. The Drillers drilled the RoughRiders for 11 runs to win by a final of 11-1. Ten runs is the largest deficit of a loss this season.
Jack Leiter started for the RoughRiders as they played in their Dallas Black Giants uniforms for the first time this season. It was the worst start of the season for Leiter as he didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning. He hit up to 98 MPH on the radar gun. In the 1st inning the Drillers had two hits on the first two pitches Jack Leiter threw. By the end of the inning, the Drillers led the RoughRiders 3-0.
The Drillers put up the same amount of runs again in the top of the 2nd.
Leiter’s final line: 1.2 IP, 6 R, 7 H, BB, SO. 46/25 strikes.
Don’t hit the panic button on Leiter. This is only May in his first professional season. This is all a learning process and he’ll take his lessons, apply them and become better for it.
Grant Wolfram was the first out of the pen. He pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.
Chase Lee pitched another scoreless inning and struckout one in the process. He now has 13.1 scoreless innings to start the season.
Sean Chandler pitched the final two innings allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, 4 walks and 1 strikeout.
At the plate
The RoughRiders only managed to get four hits off the Drillers pitching staff. Starter Bobby Miller, the Dodgers #1 ranked pitching prospect hurled 5 innings of scoreless ball. He allowed 3 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Miller, who usually sits between 97-101 hit 100 MPH.
Of the 4 hits the RoughRiders had, Jonathan Ornelas had 3 of them. Kellen Strahm had the other.
The RoughRiders lone run came when Blaine Crim grounded a ball past third baseman Kody Hoese to score Garcia from first and keep the RoughRiders from being shutout. It was ruled an error so Crim didn’t get the RBI.
With the loss the RoughRiders move to 18-14 on the season. They remain in 1st place and lead the Amarillo Sod Poodles by one game.
The RoughRiders will send left-hander Cole Ragans (2-1, 2.25) to the mound to help end this road trip on a positive note. Ragans will be making his 6th start of the season. The Drillers pitcher is TBD.
The RoughRiders return home to host the Corpus Christi Hooks starting on Tuesday, May 17th for the first time this season.