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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Grand Prairie AirHogs righty Nick DeBarr dominated the El Paso Diablos lineup Wednesday morning, facing just three over the minimum in a four-hit shutout as the AirHogs swept El Paso with a 6-0 win in front of a Grand Bank of Texas Education Day crowd of 3,848.
After DeBarr (2-0) tossed a perfect first, he took care of a pair of singles in the second and third with ground-ball double plays. He allowed a two-out single in the fourth and a two-out walk in the seventh and a one-out error in the eighth, while the AirHogs (5-2) built up a big lead in the second, third and fourth innings against Osvaldo Rodriguez (1-1).
Greg Porter and Brian Myrow began the second with singles, and after a David Thomas fielder’s choice, Zane Chavez sliced a double to left to score Porter. Yasutsugu Nishimoto picked up his first RBI with a groundout to short to make it 2-0, and Andres Rodriguez made it three an inning later with an RBI single to left.
Myrow tripled to right to start the bottom of the fourth, and after Thomas was hit in the foot, Chavez hit a long fly to left-center for another double, driving in two more to knock out Rodriguez. Bridger Hunt finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center later that inning off reliever Colin Allen.
Having thrown just 85 pitches through eight innings, DeBarr came back out for the ninth and allowed a single to Maikol Gonzalez. But Bryan Frichter bounced into a 5-4-3 double play started by rookie Kenny Held, who had just replaced Myrow at third in his first professional inning, and Uriak Marquez grounded to second to give DeBarr the first complete game or shutout in the American Association this season.
Notes: The AirHogs’ Greg Smith was the first league pitcher to throw a shutout in 2011, also during Education Day…El Paso’s bullpen did not allow a run in six innings of work…El Paso went 24-for-102 (.235) in the series, while the AirHogs hit .303 (27-for-89), helped by 13 Diablo walks compared to just four issued by AirHogs pitching…DeBarr allowed only four outs to outfielders in the game, and two of the Diablos’ four hits were on the infield.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs now begin a three-game series with the Kansas City T-Bones, beginning on Thursday, May 24, at 7:05 p.m. It is Thirsty Thursday, featuring $2 beers, as well as Graff Chevrolet GPISD End of School Bash, featuring the first AirHogs’ “Shirts off our Backs Night” of the season. All fans entering the ballpark will receive a raffle ticket that will be entered for a chance to win the shirts the AirHogs will be wearing during the game. All games are aired live and for free on Ustream by clicking on the link on the AirHogs’ home page or visiting http://www.ustream.tv/channel/airhogs-baseball with selected contests aired on Time Warner Cable’s Texas Channel. For information on tickets, promotions, advertising, and other opportunities with the AirHogs, check out the Web site at www.airhogsbaseball.com, or call the QuikTrip Park office at (972) 504-9383.