05/29/2016 6:48 PM
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The AirHogs rallied in the 9th but ultimately fell just short against Laredo on a sunny Sunday in Grand Prairie. The Lemurs notched a 2-1 victory to earn their first series sweep of 2016.
RHP Sam Martin got the ball for the AirHogs, and the Texas Wesleyan alum was sharp early, facing off against just 17 batters over his first 5 innings. He allowed just 1 hit in that span.
The AirHog offense threatened early against Laredo’s righty starter Ryan Beckman. SS Juan Sanchez and LF Burt Reynolds each reached in the 1st but were unable to score. The AirHogs got at least 1 aboard in each of the first 3 innings against Beckman but could not break through.
Laredo broke through in the 6th against Martin. After 2B Alvaro Rondon was hit by a Martin delivery, CF Ty Morrsion boarded with a full-count walk. Both runners were sacrificed over. Rondon scored on an RBI groundout by DH Travis Denker, and RF Denis Phipps brought in Morrison with an RBI double to left.
The AirHogs threatened to draw level in the 7th after C KJ Alexander reached on an error by Laredo SS JD Pulfer. With 2 outs and Alexander on 2nd, 2B Brian Bistagne sent a line drive base hit to center. Laredo CF Drew Martinez fired a near-perfect laser to C Jesus Posso, who tagged out a sliding Alexander in a close play at the plate, keeping it a 2-0 ballgame.
The relief trio of Mark Pope, Alan Oaks, and Carlos Misell kept the AirHogs within 2 going to the bottom of the 9th. There, Burt Reynolds led off with a single to left off Beckman. RF Nick Akins nearly got extra bases on a long fly to right center that was run down by Phipps for the first out. Beckman was pulled and replaced by LHP Harold Guerrero, who retired Devon Rodriguez on a groundout.
With Reynolds on 2nd and 2 outs, Alexander got his revenge, singling in the home team’s first run of the game. 3B Cody Lenahan followed with a base hit of his own to chase Guerrero. RHP Jeff Inman was brought in from the Lemurs’ bullpen to face Bistagne, who tagged a 2-strike offering on a line to right center. An impressive running catch by Martinez prevented the ball from getting down though, stranding Alexander and Lenahan and sealin a 2-1 win for Laredo.
Beckman got his first W, while Martin took his first loss. Inman picked up his third save of the season. Laredo improved to 6-4 with the win. Texas dropped to 4-6.
The AirHogs complete their first homestand in Grand Prairie with a record of 2-4. The team takes to the road tomorrow, battling the Saltdogs at Haymarket Park in Lincoln starting at 6:35. RHP Cody Hebner is expected to start for the AirHogs. A live radio broadcast of the game will be available on mixlr.com/TXAirHogs.