06/21/2017 10:00 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE -- The Texas AirHogs wrapped their home series with the Cleburne Railroaders with a 4-2 win Wednesday. Carlos Contreras earned the victory by going 6 ⅓ innings and allowing just 3 hits.
Contreras surrendered a 2-out run in the 2nd to the Railroaders on an RBI triple by KC Huth but held the visitors scoreless outside that frame. Contreras struck out a season-high 7 in earning his 1st win of 2017.
The AirHogs got on the board in the 4th with a couple 2-out runs of their own. Ryan Wagner reached with a base hit and stole 2nd after a double play threatened to put an early end to the inning. Mike Miller singled him home and came in 2 batters later on an RBI base hit by Ryne Willard. Jake Taylor scored Alvaro Rondon with a sacrifice fly in the 5th to extend the lead to 3-1.
The AirHogs' 1st 3 runs of the contest came vs. Cleburne starter Santos Arias, who took the loss after lasting just 4 ⅓. Dylan Mouzakes fired the final frames of the game for Cleburne. Trevor Sealey took him for a solo home run in the 7th to expand the lead to 4-1. The home run was the 1st of the year for Sealey.
Luis De La Cruz surrendered a run but stranded 2 in the top of the 9th to earn his 3rd save of the season. Taylor reached base 3 times for the AirHogs in addition to the sacrifice fly RBI. 8 of the 9 bats in the starting lineup finished with a hit for Texas. Contreras, Josh Blanco, Jacob Morris and De La Cruz combined to hold Cleburne to just 6 hits. The loss dropped Santos Arias to 2-4.
The AirHogs (8-24) continue the 7-game homestand with Lincoln (21-11) in town Thursday through Sunday. LHP James Russell (2-1, 2.08 ERA) is expected to start Game 1 for the AirHogs vs. RHP Dimitri Kourtis (0-0, 5.00 ERA) for the Saltdogs. 1st pitch is slated for 7:05. A live stream will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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