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Saturday, August 25, 2012
AMARILLO, Texas – Another early lead for the Grand Prairie AirHogs fell by the boards, as they were beaten 5-1 by the Amarillo Sox on Saturday night at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. That dropped the AirHogs a game and a half behind red-hot Laredo, who beat El Paso 5-3, in the South Division race.
Grand Prairie (48-45) had a 1-0 lead on Scott Clement’s RBI single off Cliff Springston (2-3) in the third, but that was all the AirHogs would get.
John Brownell (7-7) pitched into and out of jams for three of the first four innings, but a two-out double by Adam Buschini and a single by Tim Alberts tied the game in the fifth.
The AirHogs had a great chance to take the lead back in the sixth, with runners at second and third and no outs. But cleanup hitter Andres Rodriguez popped out to shallow center on the first pitch he saw and Trent Lockwood bounced into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch of his at-bat to end the inning.
Amarillo (43-49) took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning, with an RBI single by Derrick Pyles and a sacrifice fly by Buschini.
Springston then worked around a hit in the seventh, Trent Lare pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Wes Littleton took care of the AirHogs around a double in the ninth to end the game, while the Sox tacked on two runs in the eighth to widen their lead.
Notes: The Sox out-hit the AirHogs 14-5…All 10 Sox batters had at least one hit…Danny Gallinot replaced Tyler Goodro for Amarillo after Goodro was hit by a pitch in the hand in the seventh…15 of the first 30 AirHogs swung at the first pitch of their at-bats, resulting in five outs, one single (by Jonny Kaplan) and nine strike ones…The Sox also went 1-for-6 when swinging at the first pitch, with 11 strike ones.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs conclude their three-game series against the Amarillo Sox on Sunday, August 26, at 6:05 p.m. The next home game at QuikTrip Park is Tuesday, August 28, at 7:05 p.m. against the Sioux Falls Pheasants. Former Texas Ranger Bump Wills will be in attendance and throw out the first pitch. Two-time World Series winner Claude Osteen will also be at the game. 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.