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Saturday, June 23, 2012
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – Nick Giarraputo hit a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the 16th inning, as the New Jersey Jackals came back to win the resumption of the wild game that started Friday night, winning 10-9 at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Jackals leftfielder Bryan Sabatella dropped a line drive off the bat of David Thomas on the first pitch of Saturday off of Craig Clark (3-1) to start things off. Yasutsugu Nishimoto and Keanon Simon then successfully bunted Thomas to third and home to give Grand Prairie (22-12) the lead.
But Sabatella hit the first pitch from Nick DeBarr (6-1) off the right-centerfield wall to reach on a double, and after Francisco Caraballo grounded out and Sabatella stole third, the Can-Am League’s leader in average, home runs and RBIs hit his 13th home run of the season to left on a 1-2 pitch to end the marathon affair.
Notes: This was the longest game of the season for the AirHogs in terms of both innings and time (4:51)…Eight of the 10 AirHogs got at least one hit and four had at least two, while eight of the nine Jackals had at least a hit, four had at least two and Sabatella and Giarraputo each had four…The AirHogs used nine pitchers while the Jackals used seven.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs continue their three-game series against the New Jersey Jackals, on Saturday, June 23, at 5:35 p.m. The next home game at QuikTrip Park is Friday, June 29, at 7:05 p.m. against the Amarillo Sox. That night is QuikTrip Night, with free ticket vouchers available at local QuikTrip stores. 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.