06/19/2017 11:14 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE -- The AirHogs played their 2nd extra inning game in 3 days Monday, falling in 10 to the Cleburne Railroaders by a final of 5-4. Denis Phipps finished with 3 hits, 2 RBIs and a run scored in the loss.
Texas steamed out to a 3-0 lead through the 1st 3. Phipps picked up RBIs on sacrifice flies in the 1st and 3rd, and Ryne Willard added an RBI double of his own in the latter inning. Starter Michael Freeman allowed 2 hits and 0 runs through the 1st 4 frames.
In the 5th, the Railroaders were able to get 2 runs on 2 walks, a hit-by-pitch and an RBI triple by Blake Grant-Parks to cut the lead to 1. The Railroaders capitalized for 2 more in the top of the 6th before an RBI single in the bottom half by Beamer Weems to score Phipps equalized the game at 4.
AirHogs relief man TJ Bozeman pitched 3 ⅓ innings of scoreless, hitless ball to help keep the contest level and send it to extras. In the 10th, Luis De La Cruz hit Mitch Glasser on the 1st pitch he threw. With Glasser on 2nd and 2 outs, Geraldo Valentin squeaked a seeing-eye single to center to score Glasser and get Cleburne its 2nd lead.
Phipps singled to start the bottom of the 10th. A long fly by Jake Taylor almost ended the game but was caught just in front of the wall by Axel Johnson. Michael Miller then singled Phipps to 3rd. With 1 out and men on the corners, things looked promising for the home team. But the AirHogs were unable to break through as both Weems and Cameron Monger struck out against closer Winston Abreu to end the game.
Cortland Cox improved to 1-1 by firing a scoreless 9th. The loss dropped De La Cruz to 0-2. The save was the 8th of Abreu’s season. The AirHogs are now 2-2 in extra inning games this season.
Texas and Cleburne meet again tomorrow at AirHogs Stadium. RHP Tyler Bremer (1-3, 4.36 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs vs. RHP Patrick Mincey (4-0, 2.04 ERA) for the Railroaders. A live stream of the game will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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[PHOTO BY WALTER TENERY]