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New-Look AirHogs Doubled up in El Paso

July 31, 2012 - American Association (AA) - Grand Prairie AirHogs News Release

EL PASO, Texas - The Grand Prairie AirHogs added three new players to their lineup on Tuesday, and they scored eight runs on 13 hits, but it was not nearly enough as the El Paso Diablos took advantage of five AirHogs errors to score nine unearned runs and beat the AirHogs 16-8 at Cohen Stadium.

Grand Prairie (40-29) took the lead in the first on a passed ball, but the Diablos (30-36) tied it with three straight two-out hits off John Brownell (7-4).

Neither team scored in the second and the AirHogs stranded a runner at second in the third, before the Diablos took the lead for good. Jordan Marks and Maikol Gonzalez singled to start the inning, before a wild pitch moved them up. Brownell kept them at second and third with a groundout by Reid Fronk and a strikeout of Mitch Einertson, but Welington Dotel blooped a 1-2 pitch to right to knock both runners in and give El Paso the lead.

Two errors later that inning and a ssingle by Zane Chavez allowed Dotel and Jermy Acey to score, and the Diablos used a wild pitch and another error in the fourth to bat around and score four more.

Grand Prairie got one back in the fourth and one in the sixth against David Casillas (3-0), chasing him with two in the seventh to cut the El Paso lead to 9-5. But after Andres Rodriguez's RBI single off Ronny Morla, lefty Steven Evarts got a pair of ground balls from lefties Trent Lockwood and James McOwen to end the inning.

Meanwhile, the Diablos took advantage of an error and a passed ball to send 10 to the plate and score five in the bottom of the seventh, before a two-run homer from Gonzalez made it 16-5 in the eighth.

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