Drillers Coming Home from Brief 4-Day Homestand
The Tulsa Drillers return to ONEOK Field for their fifth homestand of the year as they take on one of their North Division rivals in the Northwest Arkansas Naturals beginning Tuesday, June 7.
The Drillers will host the Naturals (Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals) June 7-10 before hitting the road again for an 8-game road trip.
Although the Naturals will only be in town for four days, the two clubs will play five games thanks to a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 7 to make up a game that was rained out in April. Gates will open at 4:00 PM for the doubleheader with the first game scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM. Game two is expected to start at 7:05 PM.
The game on Wednesday, June 8 will have the first pitch thrown at 12:05 PM with gates opening at 11:00 AM. The final two games on Thursday and Friday, June 9-10 will each begin at 7:05 PM with gates opening at 6:00 PM.
Promotions in the homestand will include:
- Doubleheader and $2 Tuesday on Tuesday, June 7
- Final weekday, day game of the year on Wednesday, June 8
- Back-to-Back Postgame Fireworks Shows on Thursday and Friday, June 9-10
The complete promotional list for the homestand is below.
Individual tickets for all games in the homestand are currently available for purchase online at TulsaDrillers.com, in person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office (201 N. Elgin Avenue) or over the phone at (918) 744-5901. Any tickets purchased for Tuesday, June 7 will be good for admission to both games.
NOTES OF INTEREST
DOES MAY HAVE TO BE OVER? Following a rough month of April that saw Tulsa go just 8-13, the club really turned things around in May. The Drillers went 17-11 during the second month of the season and would have likely tied their previous best record for May since 2006 if it weren't for a late off day and a rainout in Frisco to end the month. The 2006 Drillers club went 18-11 in May of that year.
PITCHERS SETTING THE TONE: The Drillers winning ways have seen contributions from each aspect of the club, but the pitchers have been especially dominant. The Tulsa staff currently leads the Texas League with a 2.98 team ERA as the club enters June, and is also ranked third in strikeouts with 420 in 444.2 total innings. The 2.98 ERA mark also stands as the second-best team ERA in all of Double-A behind only the Hartford Yard Goats in the Eastern League who have a 2.85 staff ERA.
RECORD AGAINST OPPONENT: The Drillers have historically played well against the Naturals at ONEOK Field as Tulsa holds a 44-34 record against Northwest Arkansas going into the series. After losing eight of the first nine games against their rivals to start the year, the Drillers got things turned around a bit their last time playing the Naturals as they won the final two games in Springdale on their last road trip.
TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE/PROMOTIONS (June 7 - June 10)
Tuesday, June 7 . . . Northwest Arkansas Naturals (DH with Game 1 at 4:30 PM/Game 2 at 7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 4:00 PM
LET'S PLAY TWO
The homestand will get started with two, 7-inning games on a $2 Tuesday as the Drillers and Naturals make up their previous game that was rained out back on April 29. The first game will begin at 4:30 PM with the second game scheduled to begin at 7:05 PM, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest. Any tickets purchased will be good for both games.
2 WORKS FOR YOU $2 TUESDAYS
Speaking of $2 Tuesday, the latest edition of $2 Tuesdays is brought to you by the City of Tulsa: Focus on the Four program, 2 Works For You and Z104.5 The Edge! Fans can purchase General Admission Lawn tickets for only $2 each, while all other tickets are discounted $3 off normal prices.
Fans can also buy Mazzio's pizza slices, boxes of popcorn, cotton candy and 21 oz Pepsi fountain drinks for just $2 each. In addition, the popular Dodger Dogs and ice cream sandwiches are being added to the discounted concession items lineup for 2016. Also, come by the Drillers Team Store and take advantage of $2 off blue, Drillers logo T-shirts.
Finally, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, it's $2 Shock Top Happy Hour! Shock Top bottles will be on sale for only $2 each at the beer carts located next to Siegi's Sausage Shack behind home plate and next to the BBQ Cart on the third base concourse.
CHANCE TO WIN EXCLUSIVE SEATS
Swing by one of the City of Tulsa: Focus on the Four tables located around the concourse and sign up for your chance to win 4 tickets to a Drillers Field Level Suite at a future game!
Wednesday, June 8 . . . Northwest Arkansas Naturals (12:05 PM) - Gates Open at 11:00 AM
The homestand will continue with the final weekday matinee game of the season. Come out and enjoy your lunchbreak at ONEOK Field one last time in 2016! The game is sponsored by News102.3 & AM740 KRMG.
NEWS ON 6 WEATHER TEAM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Prior to the game, the Tulsa Drillers and Travis Meyer with the News On 6 Weather Team will be hosting an educational weather program for kids at The Guthrie Green. Any and all are welcome to attend with the program scheduled to begin at 10:15 AM.
Thursday, June 9. . . Northwest Arkansas Naturals (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
INAUGURAL THURSDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
With the brief homestand that only runs through Friday, the Drillers game Thursday night will be followed by the only Thursday Night Fireworks Show of the year! The game and postgame fireworks display is presented by PSO, FOX 23 and 97.5 KMOD.
It's also another Thirsty Thursday! 12 ounce servings of Budweiser and Bud Light draught beers and 16 ounce servings of Pepsi products will all be on sale for only $1 each.
Friday, June 10. . . Northwest Arkansas Naturals (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
NEWS ON 6 FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
The homestand will conclude with another beautiful News On 6 Friday Night Fireworks display after the game is over! Need we say more? It is presented by US Cellular, News On 6 and K95.5 FM.
US CELLULAR TICKET GIVEAWAY
As one of the presenting sponsors of the night, US Cellular is giving away a limited number of tickets exclusively at their Tulsa-area store locations at 51st and Sheridan and at 71st and Memorial. Stop by and get yours while supplies last.