05/26/2017 11:45 PM
GARY, Indiana -- The Texas AirHogs claimed their 1st road win of the season Friday night in Gary, downing the RailCats 4-2 in 10 innings. TJ Bozeman picked up his 1st win of the year, and Beamer Weems finished with 2 clutch extra-frame RBIs to fuel the win.
Carlos Contreras got the start for the AirHogs and held the RailCats in check over the 1st 5 innings. He allowed just 1 hit and 1 runner in scoring position from the 1st through the 5th. Ryne Willard and Jake Luce each reached with singles to start the 3rd against Gary SouthShore lefty Jeff McKenzie. Willard would score on an RBI groundout by Trevor Sealey to make it an early 1-0 AirHogs lead.
The team struck again in the top of the 6th when Sealey reached with a McKenzie walk. A misplayed Denis Phipps fly to right field helped Sealey score to expand the lead to 2-0. The RailCats loaded the bases after Contreras walked 3 in the bottom of the 6th and tied the score at 2 after a fielder’s choice and an error with Josh Blanco on the mound. Alex Crosby had the lone RBI in the game for the RailCats.
Pitching in the 6th, 7th, and 8th, Blanco did not allow Gary to take a lead before he passed the ball to Bozeman in the 9th. Bozeman again blanked the resurgent RailCats, setting the AirHogs up to take the lead in the 10.
With 2 outs in the top of the 10th, Alvaro Rondon, who reached on a fielder’s choice, stole 2nd against Gary relief man Jack Fowler. He moved to 3rd on an error, and Sealey drew a walk. Weems then delivered the clutch hit of the season so far for the AirHogs, doubling to center to score both and make it 4-2.
De La Cruz notched the 1st 2 outs of the bottom half of the 10th with no problem. After a couple of walks and a successful double steal by the RailCats though, he found himself with the tying runs in scoring position. But the former Padres minor leaguer navigated through the trouble, stranding men on 2nd and 3rd by striking out Anthony Cheky to end the game and seal his 2nd save.
The AirHogs (4-4) have now won 4 of their last 5. The team will take on the RailCats (4-4) again Saturday at US Steel Yard. RHP Scott Firth (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to start vs. RHP Charle Rosario (0-1, 6.75 ERA) for the RailCats. A live broadcast of the action will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs.