Rondon Stars But Cleburne Erases Late AirHogs Lead

09/03/2017 10:16 PM -

GRAND PRAIRIE -- Alvaro Rondon racked up 4 hits and 3 RBIs, but the AirHogs dropped the penultimate game of the 2017 season to Cleburne 5-3. The teams will play the season finale tomorrow at 1:05.

Leuris Gomez got the start for the AirHogs and allowed a run on 1 hit in the 1st. After though, he held the Railroaders scoreless for 6 straight innings while allowing only 2 more hits before the 8th.

Rondon tied the game at 1 in the 5th vs. Railroaders starter Patrick Mincey with an RBI base hit to score Ryan Wagner. He would pick up 2 more RBIs with another single off Mincey in the 7th, scoring Beamer Weems and Ryan Wagner and giving the AirHogs a 3-1 lead.

In the 8th, the lead would not hold, as Cleburne tagged Gomez and relief man Luis De La Cruz for 4 runs to seize the lead. Gomez, who was credited with 4 of the 5 runs scored in the game, dropped to 5-5 with the loss. Mincey improved to 10-8 with the win.

The Railroaders were led by Maikol Gonzalez, who finished 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Winston Abreu notched his 25th save of the season by facing the minimum in the 9th. Alvaro Rondon added a stolen base to his performance, bringing his Association record to 59 for the season. Weems finished with 3 hits, including a double. The AirHogs outhit the Railroaders 10-7.

Texas (42-57) wraps the 2017 season vs. Cleburne (47-51) tomorrow. 1st pitch is slated for 1:05 pm. RHP TJ Bozeman (6-6, 3.48 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs. The starter for Cleburne is expected to be RHP Laetten Galbraith (3-2, 3.12 ERA). A live stream of the game will be available at and American Association Baseball TV.

Tickets for the final game of the year are available. Email for more details. For the latest news on the AirHogs, follow the team on Facebook and Twitter @TXAirHogs.

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