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Sunday, July 22, 2012
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Greg Porter had a three-hit game with a home run and the go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning, as the Grand Prairie AirHogs scored the final four runs of the game, including three in the eighth, to beat the Kansas City T-Bones 5-3 at QuikTrip Park on Sunday.
With the win and Amarillo’s loss to Laredo, the AirHogs (39-22) moved six-and-a-half games in front of the Sox (33-29) in the South Division standings.
Porter’s home run leading off the second against Lucas Irvine put Grand Prairie in front, but Lee Cruz’s two-run blast off Josh Strawn in the fourth put the T-Bones (33-29) in front 2-1.
Strawn got through the fifth and sixth unscathed, but Devin Goodwin knocked him out with a triple to start the seventh. Justin Bass hit a sacrifice fly on the first pitch he saw from reliever Ronnie Morales (4-2), but Kansas City did not get a hit again.
The AirHogs had only two hits after Porter’s home run until he singled to start the bottom of the seventh. After Zane Chavez flied out, Trent Lockwood hit a single to right to move Porter to third. Bryan Frichter popped out, but Yasutsugu Nishimoto knocked Irvin out with an RBI single to right-center.
Lefty Steve Kent (4-4) came in and walked lefty Keanon Simon, but got the switch-hitting David Thomas to pop out to end the seventh.
An inning later, Kent was not as fortunate, walking Brian Myrow to start the frame, before Andres Rodriguez and Porter hit back-to-back doubles to left-center give the AirHogs the lead. Chavez followed with an RBI single up the middle to make it 5-3, before the T-Bones were eventually able to end the inning.
Closer Justin Dowdy came on for the first time since July 5, and walked Enrique Cruz to start the ninth, but then got pinch-hitr Pat Trettel to foul out to first, Devin Goodwin to ground out to second and Bass to strike out swinging to pick up his 13th save of the year.
Notes: Chavez’s hit was his first off a lefty in 14 at-bats this season…Porter finished a triple shy of the cycle…Seven T-Bones had their eight hits, with Bass nabbing the only multi-hit game…This was the first time since July 13 (eight games ago) where both starters did not get the decisions in an AirHogs game…Porter’s home run was his sixth this season.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs conclude their four-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones on Monday, July 23, at 7:05 p.m. It is Margarita Monday, where all margaritas are discounted by a dollar. 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.