08/30/2017 3:35 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE -- The AirHogs cliched their 4-game series vs. Salina Wednesday at AirHogs Stadium, scoring a 4-3 walkoff win in 11 innings. Trevor Sealey proved to be the hero when he sent a base hit up the middle to plate Ryan Wagner with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 11th.
TJ Bozeman started for the AirHogs and threw a season-high 124 pitches in becoming the staff’s 1st starter this season to go a full 9 frames. He allowed only 6 hits and notched 8 strikeouts in the complete game performance. He made 1 mistake, allowing a 5th inning 3-run home run to Javion Randle that briefly gave the Stockade the lead but kept the visiting offense under wraps the rest of the way.
The AirHogs gained the initial advantage on a home run by Charley Thurber off Salina starter Josh Hodges in the 2nd. The solo blast was the 2nd in the last 4 games for Thurber and his 6th of the season.
Casio Grider reached with a leadoff triple to begin the 4th and came in on an RBI sacrifice fly by Levi Scott. Grider finished with 4 hits, and the RBI for Scott was his 8th in the last 5 games.
Randle’s homer off Bozeman turned a 2-0 AirHogs lead into a 3-2 deficit, but Texas quickly bounced back. Thurber picked up a 2nd RBI on a 2-out base hit vs. Hodges to score Grider and tie the game at 3 in the 6th.
Luis De La Cruz pitched both extra innings for the AirHogs, stranding 1 in scoring position in each frame to give the bats a chance to win it. In the 11th, Sealey would do just that. After Ryan Wagner boarded with a walk and Beamer Weems reached on the game’s only error, Salina reliever Cody Strayer committed a key balk to make it 2 in scoring position. Down to his last strike, Sealey registered his 2nd hit of the game, a walkoff single to center to score Wagner.
The extra-inning win was the 4th of the season for Texas. The walkoff was the team's 3rd of the season. All 3 have come this month vs. Salina. The game was the 2nd that has gone 11 innings since Sunday for the AirHogs.
De La Cruz moved to 1-5 with the win. He has now registered 4 straight scoreless appearances. Hodges, who went 7 innings while striking out 8 to match his season high, took a no-decision. Strayer slipped to 1-2 with the loss.
Texas (41-54) wraps the season series vs. Salina (18-77) tomorrow. 1st pitch is slated for 5:05 pm. RHP Kevin Hilton (0-2, 5.26 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs. LHP Troy Mannebach (2-6, 5.05 ERA) is expected to start for Salina. A live stream of the game will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs and American Association Baseball TV.
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