TULSA, OK (Tulsa Drillers) - Last season, Christian Bergman was named the California League's Pitcher of the Year after winning 16 games for Modesto. If his first three outings in 2013 are any indication, he could be in the running for a similar honor in the Texas League. Tuesday night at ONEOK Field, Bergman had his third straight strong start and helped pitch the Tulsa Drillers to a 9-3 victory over Corpus Christi, completing a three-game sweep of the Hooks.
The win gave Tulsa a 5-1 record in its first homestand of the season. It was a complete turnaround for the Drillers who started the year with a 1-5 record on a season-opening road trip.
Bergman worked 5.1 shutout innings on a chilly night in downtown Tulsa. The right-hander allowed only two singles and two walks while striking out five. The win was his first decision of the year despite logging a 0.54 ERA this season. Bergman has now allowed only one earned run in 16.2 innings.
The Drillers staked Bergman to an early lead in Tuesday's outing by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Delta Cleary Jr. doubled to lead off the inning, then scored on triple by right fielder Kent Matthes. Henry Wrigley drove in Matthes with a soft single to right to make it 2-0. After advancing to third on a ground out and a wild pitch, Wrigley crossed the plate when Hooks shortstop Jiovanni Mier overthrew first base on Kyle Parker's ground ball up the middle.
Jayson Langfels added to Tulsa's lead in the fourth, lining a ball to right to drive in Parker who had singled.
In the sixth inning, shortstop Joey Wong began a power surge for the Drillers, driving a three-run homer to deep right field that made it 7-0.
In the seventh, Parker and Langfels each added solo home runs to complete Tulsa's big offensive night. The homers capped three hit nights for both players.
Wong, Cleary Jr. and second baseman Angelys Nina also had three hits. Wrigley added two for Tulsa, and nearly hit his fourth home run in as many games, but had to settle for a double when his shot in the ninth caromed off the wall in left field.
The 9 runs and 18 hits were both season highs for the Drillers.
Corpus Christi scored all three of its runs on two home runs, a two-run blast by Rene Garcia in the seventh and solo blast from Springer in the eighth. The loss dropped the Hooks to 7-5.
Corpus Christi will take Wednesday off before opening a 4-game division series with Frisco on Thursday at Whataburger Field.
-Courtesy Tulsa Drillers