07/05/2017 10:19 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE -- The Texas AirHogs clinched their 2nd straight series and won for the 5th time in 6 games Wednesday, downing the Lincoln Saltdogs behind a solid pitching performance by Tyler Bremer. The team enjoys an off day tomorrow and begins a 3-game home set vs. Salina on Friday.
Bremer threw 6 scoreless innings to earn his 3rd win of the year. He allowed 6 hits and left 6 baserunners while striking out 5 and walking 0. Bremer has now thrown 20 innings vs. the Saltdogs this year and has allowed just 1 run.
His performance was particularly impressive given the difficult weather conditions: lightning and thunder could be seen and heard in the distance throughout the game, and the teams played through steady rain in the middle innings. Late in the game, strong gusts made made for less than optimal conditions.
The AirHogs got to his counterpart Seth Webster for a pair of runs in the 2nd to build an early lead. Denis Phipps led off the frame with a solo home run to dead center on a 3-2 offering from Webster. The home run was his 4th of the season. Ryan Wagner tripled later in the frame and came home on an RBI single by Michael Miller.
Miller doubled in the 5th off Webster to make it 2 in scoring position. He and Beamer Weems came home on a 2-RBI triple by Trevor Sealey to extend the lead to 4-0.
That was enough for Bremer and relief men Billy Waltrip and Josh Blanco, who combined to throw 3 innings of scoreless ball to close out the 4th shutout of the year for the AirHogs staff. Waltrip struck out 4 over 2 innings, and Blanco added 2 strikeouts of his own in the 9th.
Each team finished with 6 hits. The Saltdogs stranded 9 runners, while the AirHogs left just 1. The shutout was the 1st for the AirHogs’ staff since June 17 and was the 2nd shutout Bremer has started this season.
The win improved Bremer to 3-4 on the season. The loss dropped Webster, who surrendered 6 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 5, to 2-4.
The AirHogs (16-30) will be off tomorrow and reset for a series with Salina (5-41) starting Friday at 7:05. The AirHogs are 3-0 so far this season vs. the Stockade. A live broadcast will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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