Grand Prairie looked to be in command tonight but falter late again, this time taking a loss to Amarillo. The AirHogs had a two run lead going in to the bottom of the eight inning and closer Dakota Watts on the hill. Watts had a rare rough outing blowing the save in the eighth after giving up two runs on two hits and two walks to the Sox. He came back to the mound in the ninth after Grand Prairie failed to score in the top of the of the inning. Ransom LaLonde lead off the inning with a single. He was pushed to second on a fielder’s choice and reached third on a wild pitch. Kyle Nichols singled on a 3-2 pitch through a drawn in infield to walk-off with a win saddling Watts with his third loss of the year.
AirHogs starter Danny Gutierrez had another solid outing for Grand Prairie throwing six innings giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three batters. He left the ballgame with a 3-2 lead, but it was not to be. Alex Hinshaw came out of the bullpen for the seventh inning in his second appearance in a Grand Prairie uniform this season and struck out two batters in route to a three up three down inning.
Clayton Tanner got the start for Amarillo tonight and threw six innings as well. He ended up allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out five batters. All three runs were allowed in the third inning when he gave up four hits and a walk, including three singles in a row. Jake Feckley threw a shutout inning of relief in the seventh before giving way to Derek Blacksher who gave up a run on three hits in the eighth. The win goes to Randy Hamrick though who struck out the side in the top of the ninth for Amarillo.
Alex Nunez led the way for Grand Prairie at the plate tonight. The leadoff man had three hits, a walk, and an RBI. Miguel Castano, Frazier Hall, Ryde Rodriguez, and Eric Baker all had two hits in the ballgame. Hall had a double, an RBI, and a run scored as well.