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Monday, July 23, 2012
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – The first time that Devin Anderson faced the Grand Prairie AirHogs in 2012, he threw six shutout innings as the Kansas City T-Bones beat the AirHogs 8-0 at QuikTrip Park on May 24. The second time, he got two more outs but still kept Grand Prairie off the scoreboard, as he led another T-Bones shutout win, this time 7-0 on Monday to earn a split of the four-game series.
Anderson (4-5) got double plays in each of the first two innings and did not have a single 1-2-3 frame, but he scatters four hits and five walks, never allowing two AirHogs on at once until he was pulled after his second walk in the seventh. The lefty struck out three and kept the AirHogs (39-23) off balance all game.
Kansas City (34-29) went down in order in the first, but took the lead in the second against rookie Will Irvin (1-2). Ray Sadler led the inning off with a single, and Hunter Mense then drew a walk. Enrique Cruz lined a single to right and Kenny Held let it go under his glove to allow both runners to score and send Cruz to third. Devin Goodwin followed with an RBI single, and after a flyout, Gus Milner singled, before a wild pitch and a two-run single by Justin Bass capped the inning.
Cruz homered leading off the fourth to make it 6-0, and Lee Cruz’s RBI double in the fifth off Cody White finished the scoring.
Drew Bailey struck out David Thomas with two on and two out in the seventh and got around a two-out single in the eighth and Brad Furnish pitched around a leadoff single by Held in the ninth to finish the shutout.
Notes: The AirHogs have been shut out four times this season, all in games started by Anderson or Laredo’s Matt Way – both lefties…Brian Myrow went 0-for-4, ending his league-leading on-base streak at 49 games in a row, falling seven shy of former AirHog Stephen Douglas’s league record set last season…Andres Rodriguez picked up two of the AirHogs’ six hits…Grand Prairie left 10 on base, while Kansas City stranded only two, and did not leave a runner on until the seventh…Kansas City is 5-2 at QuikTrip Park this year while all other AirHogs opponents are 0-17.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs now begin a three-game series against the El Paso Diablos, starting on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:05 p.m. It is Twofer Tuesday, where all fans buying a ticket to the game will receive a free ticket to the next Tuesday game at QuikTrip Park. 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.