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Up next: 7:05 p.m. vs. Arkansas Travelers at ONEOK Field

TV/Radio: KRSU-TV, KTBZ am1430

Probable pitchers: Arkansas, RHP Stephen Kolek (4-9, 5.36 ERA); Tulsa, TBA.

Season series: Travelers lead 5-3 (entering Thursday)

Promotions: Fireworks/Defenders of the Diamond Night — The Drillers will be wearing Captain America-themed jerseys and there will be a Thor character appearance. During the game, Marvel movie clips will be played on the stadium video board. After the game, there will be a Marvel-themed fireworks show.

On deck: 7:05 p.m. Saturday vs. Arkansas (Fireworks/Backpack giveaway)

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Roster change: Prior to Thursday’s game against the Travelers, the Drillers called up outfielder Buddy Reed from the Arizona Complex League Dodgers to replace infielder Justin Yurchak, who’s headed to the Temporarily Inactive List.

Wednesday’s recap: John Rooney allowed two hits over 7 1/3 innings in the longest start by a Tulsa pitcher this season, but the Arkansas Travelers rallied against the Drillers bullpen for a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night at ONEOK Field.

Matt Scheffler had three RBIs for the Travelers (45-47, 9-14 second half), who came back with six runs in the final two innings for only their second win in the past 12 games.

Rooney, a lefty, walked one and struck out six as he threw 55 of his 75 pitches for strikes. The only hit he allowed through seven innings was Cade Marlowe’s bunt hit on a close play in the fifth. Rooney then picked off Marlowe. It was Rooney’s 11th pickoff of the season, but first since May 13.

Going into the eighth with a 2-0 lead, Rooney allowed former Oklahoma State infielder Kaden Polcovich’s leadoff single and then plunked Marlowe. Rooney’s wild pickoff throw allowed the runners to reach second and third. After Riley Unroe lined out, Gus Varland was called on from the bullpen. Scheffler followed with a tying two-run single.

In the ninth, Tanner Kirwer led off with a single and moved to second on Jake Scheiner’s base hit. After a fielder’s choice grounder, the Travelers had runners at the corners when Jack Larsen delivered the go-ahead infield hit. The Travelers then added three runs with two outs as Austin Drury walked four in a row. One of the runs scored on a throwing error from catcher Carson Taylor back to the pitcher.

Tulsa took a 2-0 lead on Devin Mann’s two-out RBI single in the second and Andy Pages’ sacrifice fly in the third.

On the basepaths: The Drillers (50-40, 10-13) led off the bottom of the eighth with singles by Ryan Ward and Andy Pages, but each was thrown out trying to stretch their hit to a double.

Versatile reliever: Drillers right-hander Jordan Leasure has allowed only one run in his past 18 appearances. He picked up his first Drillers win Tuesday with a perfect inning. Leasure joined the Drillers on April 26 from High-A Great Lakes.

“He’s been lights out ever since he came here,” Drillers manager Scott Hennessey said. “Whatever role — sixth inning, ninth inning, eighth inning — he doesn’t care, he wants the ball. He’s very versatile and has been outstanding.”

Arkansas 000 000 024 — 6 6 0

Tulsa 011 000 000 — 2 7 2

Miller, Kaminsky (6), Haberer (7), Weiman (8), Kuhn (9) and Scheffler; Rooney, Varland (8), Drury (9) and Taylor. W: Weiman (1-0). L: Varland (1-4). RBI: Arkansas, Scheffler 3 (19), Larsen (37); Tulsa, Mann (30), Pages (51). E: Tulsa, Rooney (5), Taylor (4). DP: Arkansas 1. LOB: Arkansas 4, Tulsa 5. T: 2:39. A: 4,875.

Wednesday’s lineups: Arkansas — 1, Tanner Kirwer, RF (5-1-1-0); 2, Jake Scheiner, 1B (4-0-1-0); 3, Zach DeLoach, DH (AB-R-H-BI, 4-1-0-0); 4, Jack Larsen, LF (4-0-1-1); 5, Kaden Polcovich, 2B (4-2-1-0); 6, Cade Marlowe, CF (1-2-1-0); 7, Riley Unroe, 3B (3-0-0-1); 8, Matt Scheffler, C (3-0-1-3); 9, Patrick Frick, SS (3-0-0-0).

Tulsa — 1, Jonny DeLuca, LF (3-0-0-0); 2, Ryan Ward, DH (4-0-3-0); 3, Andy Pages, RF (3-0-1-1); 4, Justin Yurchak, 1B (3-1-0-0); 5, Carson Taylor, C (4-0-1-0); 6, Kody Hoese, 3B (4-0-0-0); 7, Devin Mann, 2B (3-0-1-1); 8, Jeren Kendall, CF (3-0-0-0); 9, Leonel Valera, SS (3-1-1-0).

— Barry Lewis, Tulsa World

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