Matthew Burns stepped in to the box with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 9th and the AirHogs down a run. The pressure didn’t seem to phase him as he drew a full count before hitting a hot shot down the third base line. Sox third baseman, Kyle Bellows, made a great slide to his right, backhanding the ball behind the bag. However, his throw was short of first base and got past Andres Rodriguez. The errant throw allowed both Alex Nunez and Frazier Hall to score, giving the AirHogs a one run lead and ultimately the win.
Grand Prairie starter Ryan Searle had another fine outing for the AirHogs tonight on the hill. He held Amarillo to three runs on seven hits over seven innings while striking out two. The only thing that held Searle back were walks. He issued five walks and hit two batters on the night. He did manage to work around them pretty well allowing just two of the base runners who walked to score.
Searle was not the only starter tonight that had a nice outing. Sox starter Matt Larkins turned a solid performance of his own. Larkins threw six innings allowing two runs on ten hits while striking out seven. He seemingly got out of jams time and again throughout the night. The biggest jam came in the fifth inning when he had loaded the bases with AirHogs and got out of it completely unscathed after a strikeout and an inning ending double-play.
Brett Wallach earned his fourth win of the season for Grand Prairie after throwing a shutout eighth inning of relief. Dakota Watts came on in the ninth and slammed the door on the Sox with a three up three down inning striking out two batters for his 21st save of the year. Randy Hamrick took his first loss of the season for Amarillo after blowing his first save of the season in the top of the 9th.
The middle of the order made the gears turn tonight for the AirHogs offense. Frazier Hall was 2-3 with a walk and scored three runs for Grand Prairie tonight. Jason Botts, Brian Myrow, and Alex Nunez all had multiple hits tonight. Matthew Burn contributed two hits of his own with two runs batted in and the clutch hit in the 9th inning.