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AirHogs Walk-off with Series Against Lemurs

July 5, 2015 - American Association (AA) - Grand Prairie AirHogs News Release

The Grand Prairie AirHogs entered the day looking for a series win against the Laredo Lemurs. Bennett Whitmore and Greg Holle turned in one of the best pitcher duels of the season, battling back and forth, neither giving any ground.

Whitmore, making his second start of the season against Laredo, was every bit as untouchable as his first start. Ten days ago Whitmore threw seven innings of shutout ball giving up just four hits in Laredo. Today at home he gave five hits, had four strikeouts and two walks while shutting out Laredo. He got into a few jams, one thanks to an AirHogs error, but managed to work his way out of them.

Whitmore came out with the game still scoreless in the top of the ninth with the two outs and the bases loaded. Reliever Logan Norris came in to pitch to Dustin Geiger. Geiger, who had doubled earlier in the game, drew a full count before he swung and missed the 3-2 pitch from Norris ending the Lemurs threat in the ninth. Norris would pitch a shutout 10th inning and get the win for the AirHogs.

Grand Prairie was unable to do much of anything offensively against Greg Holle today. Holle, whose numbers today were almost identical to Whitmore's, gave up just four hits over 8.2 innings while shutting out the AirHogs. He gave way to John Brebbia in the ninth with runners on first and second. Brebbia ended up striking out Victor Diaz to end the inning.

With Brebbia having thrown 1.2 innings on the day before, the Lemurs went into the bullpen once more. They threw Luis De La Cruz on the mound in the 10th. The AirHogs were able to get to him in a hurry. Ridge Hoopii-Haslem lead off with a single and pushed to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Elder. Jordy Hart then walked to put runners at first and second for Grand Prairie with one out and Michael Pair at the plate. Pair had already hit a double in the game and on a 2-1 pitch hit a line-drive to the right center gap for another double, driving in Hoopii-Haslem for the 1-0 walk-off win.

Coming up for the AirHogs they head on the road for the next eight days. They play four games at both Kansas City and Lincoln before coming home to take on Wichita.

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