Driller Update: Hunter Feduccia and Andy Pages pace hitters in opening series | Professional


Following: 7:05 p.m., Tulsa vs. Amarillo Sod Poodles at ONEOK Field

Probable launchers: Amarillo, RHP Brandon Pfaadt (2021 – 1-1, 4.59 ERA); Tulsa, RHP Bobby Miller (2021 – 0-0, 4.82 ERA)

Specials: Opening Night – The first 5,000 fans will receive a Drillers rally towel and all fans will receive a schedule magnet.

On the bridge: 7:05 p.m. Wednesday vs. Amarillo (Paws and $3 White Claws/Dog Parade)

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Hot start: Tulsa is the only undefeated team in the Texas League after the first weekend. Hunter Feduccia and Andy Pages each have three hits and three RBIs for Tulsa.

On the mound: Amarillo starting pitcher Pfaadt had a stellar season in 2021 as he moved up to 10th in the Arizona Diamondbacks prospect rankings after falling outside the top 30. He was a combined of 8-7 with a 3.21 ERA for three teams last season, mostly in Single-A. He also faced Drillers starter Bobby Miller on Sept. 8 and allowed four runs in five innings. Both pitchers are 23 and went to the University of Kentucky – Miller in Louisville and Pfaadt in Bellarmine. Pfaadt was a fifth-round draft pick signed by former Drillers pitcher Jeremy Kehrt.

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Prospecting report: Dominic Canzone of Amarillo, who is from Ohio State, is 6 for 12 with three RBIs and has an 18-game streak since last season. He’s batting .411 in his last 20 games and his four hits Sunday tied his Amarillo high he had last Sept. 11 against Tulsa. Ti’Quan Forbes joined Amarillo just before game time on Sunday and went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in a 12-10, 10-inning loss to Midland.

Home openers: The Drillers are 5-6 in home openers at ONEOK Field but have lost four of their last five, including 4-3 to Amarillo last year.

— Barry Lewis, Tulsa World

Calvin W. Soper