The Grand Prairie AirHogs edged the Amarillo Sox tonight to take a 2-1 advantage in the four game series. It was a close game all the way, following the along the same path as the last two games in Amarillo. Both starting pitchers, T.J. Bozeman and Jeremy Gooding, turned in solid performances again tonight again for the AirHogs and Sox. Jason Botts scored the go ahead run in the 8th inning off of Ryan Gasporra’s first hit of the season.
T.J. Bozeman started off the game striking out the first four batters he faced. He ended up getting his first win of the season for Grand Prairie after throwing seven innings and giving up three runs on seven scattered hits while striking out seven batters. This was Bozeman’s fifth start of the season and 14th appearance overall for the AirHogs. Brett Wallach and Alex Hinshaw threw shutout 8th and 9th innings respectively, Hinshaw struck out all three batters he faced.
Jeremy Gooding made his first start in the American Association after pitching in six games in the United League with the Fort Worth Cats. He also struck out the side in the first as the first six recorded in the game were strikeouts. Gooding ended up allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out 10 batters over six innings. He did not factor in to the decision tonight as reliever Derek Blacksher took the loss for the Sox after giving up a run in an third of an inning.
Miguel Castano was the only AirHog with multiple hits tonight. Jason Botts had a hit and a walk and scored two of Grand Prairie’s five runs. The AirHogs struggled to hit Sox pitching tonight, striking out 14 times. However they managed to muster enough hits to score five runs. The Sox also committed five errors on the night as well.