08/22/2017 10:13 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE -- The Texas AirHogs scored 5 times in the 1st inning and once again pulled off a 6-5 win vs. the Stockade at AirHogs Stadium Tuesday. Rob Tasin earned his 2nd win of the series.
Michael Freeman got the start for the AirHogs and went 4 innings, surrendering 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 3 in his return from the DL. Tasin pitched a scoreless 5th behind him and moved to 3-1 after striking out 2 of the 3 he faced.
Connor Bach started for Salina and suffered through a 73-pitch 1st inning in which he surrendered 6 walks, 1 HBP, and 1 hit, a 2-RBI double by Ryne Willard. Bach pitched 3 scoreless innings after surrendering the 5 in the 1st. Denis Phipps, Jake Taylor, Beamer Weems and Willard picked up the RBIs in the opening frame to put Texas on top.
The AirHogs added a Jake Taylor run on a Salina error in the 5th to make the lead 6-2. Kewby Meyer and Jonathan Moroney got back-to-back hits plus a run on a wild pitch vs. Josh Blanco in the 6th before Jacob Morris and Luis De La Cruz pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings. The Stockade got a run in the 9th off Chris Cotton before the newcomer clinched his 1st save for Texas this season.
Meyer, Moroney and Jordan Caillouet accounted for all 5 runs and 6 of the 7 hits for Salina. Willard finished with 2 hits and 2 batted in to pace the AirHogs.
Texas (36-51) and Salina (16-71) continue the 4-game series tomorrow. RHP Jared Mortensen (7-1. 2.86 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs. RHP Jordan Cummings (1-4, 7.51 ERA) is expected to start for the Stockade. 1st pitch is slated for 7:05. A live stream of the game will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs and American Association Baseball TV.
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