August 13, 2008 - American Association (AA) - Grand Prairie AirHogs
Grand Prairie, TX (08.13.08) - Five Grand Prairie AirHog's pitchers combined to shutdown the Shreveport Sports 3-2 on Wednesday evening. The victory gave Grand Prairie the four-game sweep over Shreveport. The team's magic number to clinch the playoffs is now at four games.
Jeff Jamnik started the game for Grand Prairie and earned the no decision. He lasted just three innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits with one walk and no strikeouts. From that point on, the bullpen combined to throw six scoreless innings.Vinnie DeChristofaro (6-2) was victorious for the AirHogs. He hurled two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with a walk and a strikeout. James Morrison earned his 17th save pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Sports took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. With a runner on second, Vince Blue ripped an RBI single into shallow center field.
Shreveport went up 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Adam Miller led off with a double down the left-field line. Emmanuel Marrero plated him on a fielder's choice.
The AirHogs scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead, 3-2. Mike Conroy led off with a walk and advanced to second on a Noel Trevino single. Brandon Carter followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt that was picked up by the catcher Tommy Bryant and thrown errantly toward first base. Conroy and Trevino came home to tie up the game, while Carter advanced to third on the three-base-error. David Espinosa brought in the go-ahead run on an RBI single down the right field line.
In the top of the ninth with the closer Morrison on the mound, Shreveport made things interesting. After two put outs, Marrero reached on a double down the right field line. Chris Smith followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch to Michael Lewis moved runners to second and third. However, the game would end with the tying run on third base as Edwin Maldonado retired Lewis on a ground out.
Espinosa finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI. He set two AirHogs milestones in the victory. With a base-hit to lead off the game, he becomes the first Grand Prairie AirHogs player to have 100 hits. With a stolen base in the bottom of the fifth, he becomes the first AirHog player to reach 20 steals.
Russell Savickas (4-8) suffers the hard luck loss. He lasted seven quality innings, allowing three runs, none earned, on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Grand Prairie will open up a three-game series with the Sioux
City Explorers on Thursday. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM.