08/25/2017 10:26 PM
WICHITA -- The Texas AirHogs and Wichita Wingnuts played their 10th 1-run game of the season Friday. The AirHogs scored 5 times in the 1st and held on for a 6-5 victory at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.
Texas came out red hot with the bats, racking up 5 hits and 5 runs vs. Danny Gutierrez in the 1st. 10 AirHogs batted to get the team out to a big lead with Denis Phipps, Ryan Wagner, Beamer Weems and Ryne Willard picking up RBIs. Alvaro Rondon scored the 1st run of the game and notched his 51st stolen base of the season.
TJ Bozeman started for the AirHogs and went 7, throwing 121 pitches and allowing 10 hits and 5 runs (5 earned). He racked up 5 strikeouts to get to 100 on the season. The Wingnuts got to him for a run in the 2nd and a run in the 3rd before pulling within 5-4 in the 5th.
Casio Grider, who finished on base 4 times, drove in Willard with an RBI double in the 6th to swell the lead to 2 once again. Bozeman allowed a run but stranded 1 of his 7 runners to keep it 6-5 going to the 8th, where Josh Blanco struck out the side. Rob Tasin picked up his 5th save by striking out TJ Mittelstaedt with Martin Medina on 2nd in the 9th.
The win improved Bozeman to 6-6. The loss dropped Gutierrez to 0-1. Wichita outhit Texas 11-10. The Wingnuts were led by Richard Prigatano, who finished 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs. Willard finished 3 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
Texas (38-52) continues its final road trip of 2017 tomorrow. Game 2 vs. Wichita (53-37) will begin at 7:05. RHP Austin Kubitza (1-3, 5.93 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs. RHP Jordan Cooper (6-2, 3.66 ERA) is expected to start for Wichita. A live stream of the game will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs.
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