05/18/2016 10:06 AM
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The AirHogs closed their 2-game exhibition set with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Tuesday night at AirHogs Stadium, falling 2-0 in 7 innings. The team will open its regular season schedule on Thursday in Kansas City vs. the T-Bones.
Palmer Betts got the ball to start the game for the AirHogs and did not disappoint. The Georgia native struck out 5 of the 7 he faced before turning it over to the rest of the staff.
Facing Carlos Misell in the 3rd, the RedHawks would pick up their first run on an RBI double by Ryan Pineda to score Chad Mozingo.
The AirHogs appeared poised to tie the game in the 5th after a 1-out triple by C Michael Miller put the team 90 feet away. But RedHawk relief man Tyler Stirewalt, who entered after starter Tyler Herron tossed 3 shutout frames, would retire Cody Lenahan and Kenny Peoples-Walls to escape trouble and keep the AirHogs scoreless.
The home team once again appeared ready to break through in the 7th and final inning when replacement catcher KJ Alexander hammered a double to center only to be stranded on 2nd base at game’s end. The AirHogs left 4, including 2 in scoring position, over the last 4 innings.
The team travels to Kansas City to take on the T-Bones in the 2016 regular season opener Thursday. Start time is slated for 7 pm. Righty Cody Hebner is expected to be the AirHogs starter.
A live broadcast of the game will be available through airhogsbaseball.com.
The team opens its regular season home schedule in Grand Prairie May 23rd vs. Fargo.