Frisco took advantage of a two-out error by Drillers' left fielder Kyle Parker in the top of the seventh inning to erase a one-run deficit and defeat Tulsa 4-1 before a crowd of 7,415 at ONEOK Field.
The late-inning, error induced rally squandered an outstanding performance by Tulsa starting pitcher Christian Bergman. Bergman went 6.2 innings allowing three unearned runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking one. Despite taking the loss, Bergman lowered his ERA to a team low 2.69 with the effort.
Tulsa jumped out in front of Frisco with a run in the second. Parker led off the inning with a line drive single to left field. Kent Matthes followed by driving his Texas League leading 19th double of the season into the gap in right-center to put runners at second and third with no outs. After an Angelys Nina groundout, Jayson Langfels dropped a base hit into shallow right field to score Parker, and give the Drillers the lead.
The score held at 1-0 until the top of the seventh inning, when the RoughRiders took advantage of the error by Parker to score three runs. Bergman quickly disposed of the first two batters in the inning before Tomas Telis sliced a fly ball towards the corner in left.
Parker seemed to have a good bead on the ball, but as he reached to haul it in, the ball bounced off his glove and into the corner. Telis, thinking that the ball had been caught, failed to advance past first on the play. However, the miscue kept Frisco's inning alive, and the RoughRiders did not miss on the opportunity.
Ryan Strausborger followed the error with a single through the right side of the infield, and Hanser Alberto promptly delivered on the RBI opportunity. The shortstop's double down the left field line scored both Telis and Strausborger to turn their one-run deficit into a one-run advantage. Teodoro Martinez followed by producing an insurance run, driving in Alberto with a single up the middle to make it 3-1 Frisco.
Tulsa threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs against top pitching prospect Elmer Font. Angelys Nina put good wood on a Font fastball, sending one deep into the gap in right, but it was hauled in to end the threat.
Center fielder Joe Benson tacked on one more run for Frisco in the top of the ninth with a solo homer to bring the final to 4-1. It was Benson's first hit as a RoughRider since joining the club before the game on Sunday.
The Drillers and RoughRiders will be back in action on Memorial Day Monday for the finale of their three-game series. Tulsa will send Sean Gallagher (1-0, 1.35) to the hill against Nick McBride (0-0, 0.00) who will be making his first start of the season for Frisco. First pitch for the holiday matinee is scheduled for 1:05PM.