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Thursday, July 12, 2012
FARGO, N.D. – The Grand Prairie AirHogs allowed three home runs (including two three-run shots and two by Nick Jackson), as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks put up a season-worst 15 runs and 21 hits against Grand Prairie to win 15-9 in the series opener at Newman Outdoor Field on Thursday.
Grand Prairie (37-15) had a pair of leads in the game, at 2-0 after the top of the first and 8-7 after four, but the RedHawks (30-21) were not to be denied their ninth straight win. Seven Fargo-Moorhead players had multi-hit games and eight had at least one hit as they scored in six of their eight innings.
Josh Strawn (6-1) suffered his first loss of the year, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings of work, leaving with the game tied with two outs in the fifth. But a single, double and home run by Jackson was how the RedHawks greeted Derrick Miramontes, and the AirHogs found themselves down by five.
Grand Prairie got a run back on Trent Lockwood’s ninth home run of the year off Mike Zenko (3-1) in the seventh, but that was all the AirHogs would get the rest of the way, with Zenko picking up the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just the Lockwood home run along with another hit and three walks – but no other runs.
The RedHawks answered that run with an RBI single by Jon Gaston in the seventh off Cody White, while Joe Harris (four) and Kyle Dahman (three) got the final seven outs in order to finish things off.
Notes: Strawn’s two worst outings of the year were both after long road trips – tonight and June 18 in Rockland…This is the third time this season Grand Prairie has given up at least 10 runs- they a;lsdkas;ldk…It is also the highest-scoring combined game involving the AirHogs this year…The AirHogs previous worst run total allowed was 11, in El Paso on June 9…Eight of Fargo-Moorhead’s runs came with two outs – AirHogs pitchers had allowed opponents to hit just .206 in 189 at-bats with RISP and two outs this year but Fargo-Moorhead went 6-for-10 on Thursday.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs continue their four-game series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Friday, July 13, at 7:02 p.m. The next home game at QuikTrip Park is on Friday, June 20, at 7:05 against the Kansas City T-Bones, with Coors Light Jerseys off our Backs Night, where all fans will have a chance to win the AirHogs’ specialty jerseys right off their backs. 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.