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After Rain, Aviators Rally Falls Short

May 19, 2007 - American Association (AA) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

After falling behind 7-0 early in Friday night's game at El Paso and waiting out a 30 minute rain delay, the Aviators rallied to score 6 unanswered runs and trailed 7-6 in the 7th inning. However an injury to second baseman Will Lewis earlier in the game forced a series of substitutions that left Coastal Bend without the designated hitter spot in their lineup. So with the bases loaded in the 7th and 3 runs already home without the benefit of a hit, pitcher Pedro Flores was asked to bat. Unfortunately he was unable to deliver and struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch.

The Diablos tacked on a run in the bottom half of the inning and made it stand up in an 8-6 final. The wild affair looked to be completely one-sided early on, with El Paso leading 7-1 before the rain delay in the bottom of the 4th. The Diablos roughed up Aviators starter Eric Domangue for 7 runs on 8 hits in just 3 innings. But after the rain subsided, Coastal Bend began to chip away, getting a run in the 5th and 6th before plating 3 in the 7th on 4our walks, 2 hit batsman, and a sacrifice fly. To preserve the victory, El Paso manager Butch Henry used starting pitcher Greg Wiltshire to pitch the 9th. He gave up a single before retiring the next 3 batters to earn his first save.

With the victory El Paso improves to 6-2, while the Aviators fall to 4-5. Game 3 of the 4 game series is tomorrow night at 8:05pm and can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM.

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