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Friday, August 24, 2012
AMARILLO, Texas – When the Grand Prairie AirHogs swept the Laredo Lemurs in a doubleheader on June 11, they took over first place in the South Division in the American Association. From that day until Friday, the AirHogs remained in first. But after losing to Ryan Mitchell and the Amarillo Sox 7-3 at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium and the Lemurs’ doubleheader sweep of the El Paso Diablos, the AirHogs fell a half a game behind Laredo for first in the South.
The AirHogs (48-44) had leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Sox (42-49) kept coming offensively, getting a run in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings, before two in the sixth and two in the seventh put the game away.
Mitchell (8-3) held the AirHogs to just seven baserunners in eight innings, and did not allow more than one hit in an inning.
After briefly falling behind 3-2 after five, Andres Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the sixth. But the AirHogs would not score again against Mitchell and Wes Littleton, while Amarillo took the lead for good in the bottom half.
A bounced throw by shortstop Yasutsugu Nishimoto opened the door for the Sox, and after a fielder’s choice and a ground-rule double by Derrick Pyles, ninth-placed hitter Jake Luce lined an 0-1 pitch for a two-run single to give Amarillo the lead for good.
In the seventh, Tim Alberts started the frame with a bad-hop single off the lip of the infield grass, and after a fielder’s choice, Tyler Goodro (who had struck out his first three times) lined the first pitch down the rightfield line for an RBI double to knock out AirHogs starter Jake Cowan (0-2). Derrick Miramontes got the second out, but Chuck Lofgren lined a single to right to bring in Goodro and give Amarillo its last insurance run.
Notes: Keanon Simon had two hits and stole three bases, scoring two of the three AirHogs runs…The bottom six hitters in the AirHogs lineup went 2-for-24…Grand Prairie went 0-for-13 with runners on base in the game, but scored all their runs via outs…Five of Cowan’s six strikeouts were against Goodro and Garrett Rau…Cowan pitched into the seventh for the first time in five starts with the AirHogs.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs continue their three-game series against the Amarillo Sox on Saturday, August 25, at 7:05 p.m. The next home game at QuikTrip Park is Tuesday, August 28, at 7:05 p.m. against the Sioux Falls Pheasants. 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.