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AirHogs Rally late to Beat ThunderHeads

July 23, 2015 - American Association (AA) - Grand Prairie AirHogs News Release

Amarillo, TX - After having lost 12 straight games the Grand Prairie AirHogs were trying to end the longest losing streak of the year and get their first win of the series against Amarillo. Going into the ninth inning Grand Prairie trailed 2-0 after another solid performance from Bennett Whitmore and the bullpen. After a couple walks and an RBI single by Willie Cabrera, the AirHogs were down to their final out with Michael Pair at the plate and two runners on. Pair would hit the first pitch he saw from closer Randy Hamrick to deep left center for a triple, driving in two runs and the AirHogs had a lead for the first time in the game. Kyle Bellows would then enter the game and give up a mamoth 2-run home run off the bat of Ridge Hoopii-Haslem and the AirHogs would go on to win 5-2.

Bennett Whitmore turned in his fourth straight quality start, and sixth in his last seven, after allowing two runs on six hits over six innings against the Thunderheads. He would take a no-decision for the fourth time this season. The AirHogs bullpen would throw three shutout innings in relief. Jason Jarvis would throw a three up three down seventh innings. Zach Dando would get the win for his shutout eight inning while Logan Norris would get his first save of the year for his ninth inning of work.

Amarillo starter Leondy Perez had himself a good game against the Grand Prairie lineup. He would throw seven shutout innings allowing just four hits while striking out five batters. He would not factor into the decision as Randy Hamrick took the loss as well as a blown save for giving up four runs over 2/3 of an inning.

The big hitter at for the AirHogs was Michael Pair. He would go 3-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored. Those RBI were the tying and go ahead runs in the game for the AirHogs. The AirHogs will close out the series in Amarillo tonight against the Thunderheads before heading home for four games verses the Joplin Blasters.

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