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Thomas Goes Deep But AirHogs Fall Again in Wichita

May 26, 2018 - American Association (AA) - Texas AirHogs News Release

WICHITA, Kansas - The Texas AirHogs dropped the second of a three-game set in Wichita Saturday, falling 15-3. Dillon Thomas reached three times and blasted his second home run of the season in the loss.

Tyler Matzek (0-1) got the start for the AirHogs and lasted into the fourth. He was tagged for seven runs (seven earned) in his second start of the season. He walked three and struck out three while allowing seven hits.

Jared Wilson went two innings as the starter for Wichita before giving way to the relief corps. Seth Harvey (1-0) would end up picking up the win after pitching from the third through the fifth. Thomas tagged Harvey for a two-run homer in the fifth with two outs to cut what was then an 8-0 Wichita lead to 8-2. Chu Fujia would pick up his first RBI of the season in the seventh.

AirHogs relief man Liu Yu went 3.1 innings in relief of Matzek and also struggled against a Wichita offense that went off for season-highs in runs (15) and hits (18). Liu Yu allowed six runs (five earned) before Lu Yusong and Qi Xin finished the game on the mound for the AirHogs.

Wichita was led Abel Nieves, who finished with two singles, two doubles and four RBIs. Logan Watkins and Zach Nehrir each finished with three hits.

Texas (1-7) and Wichita (4-4) close the series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. RHP Gan Quan (0-1, 3.85 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs. LHP Corbin Osborne (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the ball for Wichita.

The AirHogs - powered by Beijing Shougang Eagles, return home Monday to start a 10-game homestand vs. the St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorers and Kansas City T-Bones. Individual tickets for the 2018 season are on sale now. Visit AirHogsBaseball.com for more information. For the latest news, follow the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TXAirHogs. Media inquiries: jzanaboni@texasairhogs.com.


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