Thomas Hit Gives AirHogs Ninth-Inning Win
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - David Thomas knocked in Bryan Frichter with a two-out RBI single to left field and the Grand Prairie AirHogs ended their two-game losing streak with a 7-6, bottom-of-the-ninth win over the El Paso Diablos on Wednesday, evening their three-game series 1-1 at QuikTrip Park.
Thomas's hit came after the AirHogs (40-24) played some small ball, with Bryan Frichter beating out an infield hit before Yasutsugu Nishimoto sacrificed him to second. Keanon Simon lined out to center on the first pitch before Thomas lined his single between third and short on the first pitch from Tim Adleman (0-1).
It did not look very promising for Grand Prairie after a half an inning, as Reid Fronk and Welington Dotel hit back-to-back home runs off John Brownell with one out in the first. Grand Prairie got one back on Brian Myrow's RBI single in the bottom half against David Casillas - ending their 18-inning scoreless drought.
Casillas struck out the first two hitters in the second, but Trent Lockwood and Bryan Frichter went back-to-back for the AirHogs to give them the lead. Nishimoto then singled and stole second, and scored on Simon's single to give the AirHogs a two-run lead.
Chris McMurray drove in Myrow with a two-out, two-strike single in the third to make it 5-2, before the Diablos (25-36) battled back against Brownell. Three straight hits, a walk and a Patrick Arlis sacrifice fly made it 5-4 in the fourth, and Maikol Gonzalez homered leading off the fifth to tie the game.
Porter untied it with the sixth solo home run of the game with two outs in the fifth, but El Paso got it back even in the seventh. Arlis singled and JJ Muse reached on a sacrifice bunt when Brownell misfired on a throw to first. Gonzalez bunted the runners up before Brownell was pulled for lefty Ronnie Morales to face lefty Reid Fronk.
Fronk grounded one to first, and Andres Rodriguez stepped on first quickly for the out, but his throw home sailed up the third-base line and Arlis slid in safely to tie the game.
Morales struck out Dotel to end the inning and Adam Miller got a 1-2-3 eighth, before closer Justin Dowdy (2-0) pitched around a pair of walks with a pair of strikeouts to keep the game tied heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Notes: No Diablo player had more than one hit or run scored, with only Fronk picking up more than one RBI (two).Four AirHogs had multi-hit games but seven different Grand Prairie hitters knocked in their seven runs...Both of Dowdy's wins are against El Paso, when the AirHogs won in the bottom of the ninth.The six combined home runs is the most in a game at QuikTrip Park this year.
The 2011 American Association Champion Grand Prairie AirHogs conclude their three-game series against the El Paso Diablos on Thursday, July 26, at 7:05 p.m. In addition to the usual Thirsty Thursday beer promotions, it is also Military Appreciation Night, where all active and former military members get in for free. 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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