AirHogs Sweep Wingnuts

By: Wichita Email
By: Wichita Email

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July 6, 2012

Wichita has lost four games in a row for the first time since June 18th-22nd of last year.

The Wingnuts had a 4-0 lead after three and a half innings, but Grand Prairie rattled off 10 unanswered runs starting in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead.

Brian Myrow started the AirHogs' comeback with an RBI single down the right field line in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a runner on second and two outs in the fifth, Keanon Simon drew a 10-pitch walk against Wingnuts' starter Josh Lowey. Bryan Frichter followed with a two-run double to left-center that pulled the AirHogs within one run.

In the bottom of the sixth, Greg Porter tied the game with a solo home run that just cleared the left-center field wall. An error charged to Mike Conroy in shallow left field allowed Trent Lockwood to reach base. Nick Walters relieved Lowey and retired David Thomas on a popup to second base. Chris McMurray pinch hit for Grand Prairie and was intentionally walked. After Yasutsugu Nishimoto walked to load the bases, Keanon Simon tripled to right field to give Grand Prairie a 7-4 lead.

The AirHogs broke the game open with three more in the bottom of the eighth on a McMurray solo home run to left and a Myrow two-run double down the right field line.

Ryan Khoury drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the top of the ninth before Ronnie Morales closed out the game for Grand Prairie.

John Rodriguez helped the Wingnuts get off to a good start. After Zac Mitchell was hit by a pitch with one out, Rodriguez lined a two-run homer to left-center.

David Peralta led off the top of the second with a double to left-center field and scored on Conroy's two-out double down the left field line. Wichita scored its fourth run in the top of the fourth on a Jared McDonald double play ball with first and third and no outs.

Lowey took the loss, his first of the year, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in five and one-third innings. Lowey walked one and struck out six. The loss broke Lowey's 19-game winning streak dating back to last year.

Josh Strawn started for Grand Prairie and earned the win. Strawn allowed four earned runs on six hits in seven and one-third innings. Strawn walked three and struck out seven.

Jared Simon worked one and one-third scoreless innings for the Wingnuts. Peralta had two doubles and two runs scored in the game. Rodriguez also had two hits for Wichita.

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