By Malik Wright
The AirHogs looked to bounce back after losing both sets of a Friday double header against Kansas City, but an early hole would be too much to dig themselves out of as they fall 7-4.
Eric Manoah Jr. took the mound for the Hogs looking to right the ship after the team dropped the first two games of the series against the T-Bones. Manoah would struggle as he went 6 innings of 7 hit baseball allowing 5 runs while striking out 8 and allowing 2 walks. Kansas City would get on the board first in the second inning and again in the 3rd before the Hogs would score as Justin Byrd would score on an error throw.
The game would stay 2-1 until a 3 run 6th inning by the T-Bones put a fork in Eric Manoahs night. Doubles by Roy Morales and Daniel Nava where key hits in the inning which started off with a lead off walk to Mason Davis. Davis would steal two bags and be the first run to score. In total the T-bones scored 3 runs in the 6th, using back to back doubles from Morales and Gillaspie to do a majority of the damage.
The AirHogs would rally in the bottom half of the 8th as they scored 3 runs in the inning, cutting the deficit to 6-4. Stewart Ijames and Chenjunpenf both walked to start the frame. Na Chuang delivered a clutch RBI single driving in the first run of the frame. The AirHogs would use a wild pitch and an RBI groundout to push across two more runs in the frame.
The T-bones used a leadoff walk and 2 hits in the top of the ninth to push the lead back to three, 7-4.
Justin Byrd lead off the 9th a single to left, but Carlos Diaz then struck out the next three batters to seal the win for the T-Bones.
The AirHogs welcome the Lincoln Saltdogs in for a 3 game series starting Sunday night, first pitch at 6:05 P.M. The AirHogs will send Gan Quan to the mound while the Lincoln pitcher has yet to be decided.
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