08/16/2017 9:06 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE -- The Texas AirHogs sealed the series vs. Salina Wednesday with an 11-8 win. Texas fell behind 5-0 in the top of the 1st but stormed back behind 4 RBIs from Ryan Wagner and 4 hits by Beamer Weems.
Austin Kubitza allowed 5 runs in his 1st trip to the mound. He threw 4 wild pitches and allowed 2 walks and 4 hits while struggling through the 1st square. He would face just 1 over the minimum from the 2nd through the 5th though, rebounding well to keep the AirHogs in the ballgame.
Levi Scott smacked an RBI triple off Stockade starter Connor Bach to propel a 2-run bottom of the 1st. The AirHogs would saddle Bach with 5 runs in the 5th, a frame highlighted by a 2-RBI double from Wagner.
Salina leveled the score with an unearned run off Kevin Hilton in the top half of the 6th before the AirHogs teed off Salina relief man Cody Strayer for 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Wagner hit his 2nd homer of the season there. He knocked in 4 of the 9 runs the team scored in the 5th and 6th.
Weems would finish with 4 hits, including a double, to move to 7 for his last 9 in the series. Every spot in the order reached for the AirHogs, and 8 of the 9 spots reached at least twice. Levi Scott, Mike Miller and Denis Phipps each had 3 hits. Phipps as well as Trevor Sealey finished with 2 RBIs. The 17 hits total for the AirHogs equaled the team's 2nd highest total of the season. The 11 runs matched the team's season high.
Mario Mendoza, who pitched behind Hilton, earned the win by throwing a frame of scoreless ball. The victory improved Mendoza, a new addition to the AirHogs bullpen, to 1-0. The loss dropped Strayer to 0-1. Rob Tasin earned the save with a scoreless 9th.
The AirHogs (33-49) will enjoy their final off day of the season Thursday before traveling to Wichita (49-32) for a 3-game series starting at 7:05 Friday. Starters for each team are TBA. A live stream of the game will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs.
Tickets for the next AirHogs homestand, running August 21-24 vs. Salina, are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.