08/05/2017 8:27 PM
SIOUX FALLS -- Seven of nine AirHogs finished with multiple hits on another banner night for the Texas offense in Sioux Falls Saturday. 17 hits for the bats plus a strong, 7-inning performance from Michael Freeman spelled a 6-3 win, the team’s 2nd in a row over the Canaries.
The AirHogs got off to a solid start, using 3 hits and an RBI by Jake Taylor to take a 1-0 lead vs. Sioux Falls starter Miles Nordgren in the top of the 1st. Freeman would allow 3 hits and a run to the Canaries in the bottom of the 1st to equalize the score at 1.
Back-to-back doubles by Beamer Weems and Charley Thurber helped the AirHogs reclaim the lead at 2-1 in the top of the 2nd before the Canaries scored twice on 2 walks, 2 sacrifices and 2 errors in the bottom of the 2nd vs. Freeman to stake a 3-2 lead.
Texas tagged Nordgren for 4 runs in the top of the 3rd, and from there, the back and forth affair ceased. Neither team would score after the 4-run explosion by the AirHogs. Freeman would end up with 7 innings pitched for the 4th start this season. He allowed 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 4 and walking 2. He surrendered only 2 hits after the 1st inning. AirHogs starters have allowed just 7 hits over the last 14 innings in Sioux Falls.
Alvaro Rondon, Casio Grider, Denis Phipps, Levi Scott, Weems and Thurber all finished with 2 hits for the AirHogs. Former Canary Jake Taylor paced the team with 3. Taylor and Thurber each finished with 2 RBIs. The AirHogs offense has now accumulated 35 hits over the last 2 games. The bats have now racked up 17 hits 2 games in a row after failing to reach 17 hits in a single contest over the 1st 69 games of the season.
Freeman improved to 4-3 with the win while Nordgren, who surrendered 6 runs over the 1st 3 innings before settling in to post 4 straight scoreless, dropped to 4-5 with the loss. Josh Blanco pitched a 1-2-3 8th before Rob Tasin notched a scoreless 9th and earned his 1st save for Texas this season.
The AirHogs (28-43) look to win the series tomorrow behind RHP Kevin Hilton (0-1. 4.15 ERA). Sioux Falls (32-39) is expected to start LHP Joe Bircher (4-5, 4.47 ERA). 1st pitch in Game 4 is slated for 4:05 pm. A live broadcast will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs.
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