05/16/2016 11:31 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The AirHogs opened their 2016 preseason schedule with a bang, scoring 11 runs and posting 17 hits against Fargo-Moorhead at AirHogs Stadium Monday night to win going away. LF Burt Reynolds was a star offensively, racking up 5 hits and 4 RBIs in 6 plate appearances.
Derek Callahan started the game on the mound for the AirHogs. The former Yankees minor leaguer tossed 2 scoreless innings but suffered a scary moment at the end of the 2nd inning when a line drive off the bat off RedHawk CF Kes Carter struck him just above the eye. Callahan remained motionless on the ground but was able to exit the field of play under his own power after several long minutes. He would not return.
His replacement Ethan Carnes, a fellow product of the Yankees system, would pitch the 3rd to the 5th, surrendering 4 hits and a single tally in the top of the 4th when Carter sent a base hit to right field to chase home Brian Humphries.
The bats would come to life behind Carnes though in the bottom of the 4th. After racking up 5 hits and twice leaving the bases loaded in the first 3 innings, the Hogs broke through against Fargo starter Richie Mirowski with a 4-run 4th turn at the dish. The team picked up 5 hits in a frame that featured a solo home run from CF Michael Hur as well as a double from Reynolds and RBIs from 2B Brian Bistagne, substitute DH Michael Miller, and 1B Devon Rodriguez.
The squad would add another pair on a 2 RBI single from Reynolds in the 5th. Rodriguez helped plate 2 with a double in the 7th, and Reynolds would pick up his final 2 RBIs on another base hit in the 8th. The offensive output provided plenty of cushion for the relief corps of Griffin Russell, Sam Martin, and Alan Oaks to finish the game. Russell and Martin lulled the Hawks bats to sleep by setting down 9 in a row from the 6th to the 8th, and Oaks finished the job in the 9th to help the AirHogs get their first W by a final of 11-2. The loss dropped Fargo to 5-3 in the preseason.
Reynolds, Hur, Rodriguez and SS Juan Sanchez all reached base at least 3 times. Reynolds and Rodriguez combined to drive in 7 of the AirHogs’ 11 runs.
The Airhogs and RedHawks meet again tomorrow at AirHogs Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm. It will be the final preseason game for both squads.