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Aviators Fall to Diablos, 6-1

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

Josh Neitz spun a jem Thursday night allowing just 1 run which was unearned to lead the El Paso Diablos to a 6-1 win over the Coastal Bend Aviators. For the Aviators, it was their seventh consecutive defeat and 11th loss in 15 games this season against the Diablos.

Derrick Van Dusen went seven innings allowing 4 earned runs on 9 hits in his first start since July 7th. Although they collected 7 hits, once again the Aviators offense had difficulty scoring runs. They've now scored just one run in each of the last 4 ballgames.

The Diablos jumped on top in the first as an error by second baseman Will Lewis and a single to left by Walter Olmstead plated Albeniz Machado and Jorge Alvarez. Grant Richardson scored Coastal Bend's lone run on Matt Spencer's RBI double in the top of the second to trim the lead to 2-1. El Paso added a run in the third as Juan Camacho scored while the Aviators had Olmstead caught in a run down between first and second. In the fifth Kory Drew's fly to right got past a diving Matt Spencer and rolled to the wall for a triple before Alvarez singled him home and Camacho doubled over third to give the Diablos a comfortable 5-1 advantage.

With the loss, Van Dusen falls to 5-5 on the year while Neitz improves to 5-3. The Aviators are now 5-8 in the second half and trail first place Fort Worth by 4.5 games. game two of the four game series is tomorrow night at 8:05pm and can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 Am as well as online.

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