Skid Hits Five as Saints Pull Away from AirHogs
St. Paul, Minn. - The Grand Prairie AirHogs' season-worst losing streak hit five on Monday, as the St. Paul Saints scored in six of their eight innings, getting hits from all nine of their hitters and RBIs from seven to beat the AirHogs 13-7 at Midway Stadium.
The damage began early as Jose Hernandez hit a solo home run with one out in the second off Nick DeBarr (9-3) to put the Saints (26-28) in front for good. DeBarr's error an inning later when he dropped a throw to first base cost him two unearned runs, as Miles Durham homered to make it 3-0 and Hernandez hit a two-out RBI single to make it 4-0.
Grand Prairie (37-19) got its first baserunner when Trent Lockwood singled to start the third and went to second when Durham misplayed the ball in right. The AirHogs quickly scored him when Zane Chavez hit a double to right-center, and Chavez came around on a pair of grounders.
But the Saints got those two runs back in the fourth on a sacrifice fly and another AirHogs error, while Todd Mathison (1-1) sent the AirHogs down in order in the fourth and fifth. St. Paul added a run in the fifth on Tanner Townsend's RBI double, while Brian Myrow pegged a pair back with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth.
The Saints scored one more off DeBarr on Ronnie Bourquin's two-out RBI double in the sixth, before both teams went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Mathison came back out for the eighth and got David Thomas to start the inning, but Yasutsugu Nishimoto doubled and after Bryan Frichter flied out to right, the St. Paul starter was replaced by lefty Kyle Carr to face the lefty-swinging Myrow.
Carr got a grounder into the overshifted right side of the infield, but shortstop Tanner Townsend (on the wrong side of second) booted it, and his brother Jon at second base threw to late to first to get Myrow. That prolonged the inning and Andres Rodriguez drew a walk before Greg Porter singled up the middle to make it 8-6.
But closer Dustin Klabunde came in and got Chris McMurray on a foul out to first on a 3-2 count, and the Saints broke the game open with five in the bottom of the eighth against Griffin Bailey. That made Klabunde's last three outs much less pressurized, and he got them despite giving up a solo home run to Chavez to complete the scoring, with the rookie picking up his sixth save of the season.
Notes: Six Saints had multi-hit games, led by Hernandez and Bourquin each having three.Nishimoto and Chavez each had two hits for the AirHogs.The AirHogs have allowed at least one unearned run in five of the last six games, with DeBarr giving up eight himself.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs continue their three-game series with the St. Paul Saints on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:05 p.m. The next home game at QuikTrip Park is on Friday, June 20, at 7:05 against the Kansas City T-Bones, with Coors Light Jerseys off our Backs Night, where all fans will have a chance to win the AirHogs' specialty jerseys right off their backs. All games are aired live and for free on Ustream by clicking on the link on the AirHogs' home page or visiting http://www.ustream.tv/channel/airhogs-baseball with selected contests aired on Time Warner Cable's Texas Channel. For information on tickets, promotions, advertising, and other opportunities with the AirHogs, check out the Web site at www.airhogsbaseball.com, or call the QuikTrip Park office at (972) 504-9383.
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