SPRINGFIELD, MO (MILB.com) - The Drillers lost their Tuesday night contest with the Springfield Cardinals by a final score of 9-8 Tuesday evening.
Tulsa was able to overcome an early four-run deficit led going into the seventh inning, but was unfortunately edged late by a walk-off sac fly.
Springfield seemingly ruined Jon Gray's start in the first inning. After Gray retired two of the first three batters he faced, the Cardinals strung together four consecutive run-scoring two-out hits, resulting in a 4-0 lead before the game even reached the second inning.
Gray displayed big league poise, however, as he settled and held Springfield scoreless and to only three hits over the next four innings. He finished the evening with four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in five innings of work while striking out three.
The Drillers got on the board in the fifth inning thanks to a Springfield error. After Jayson Langfels singled and moved to second on a sac bunt, Cardinals third baseman Matt Williams botched a ground ball off the bat of Jared Simon, allowing Langfels to score and Simon to reach first.
Tulsa's offense erupted in the top of the sixth inning for six runs, giving them their first lead of the game and putting Jon Gray in line for the win despite his troublesome opening frame.
For the second night in a row, the Drillers hit back-to-back home runs. This time, it was Delta Cleary Jr. and Tyler Massey to lead off the top of the sixth.