A .500 road trip is often looked at as a success. But this is likely not the way the Grand Prairie AirHogs looked to do it.
The AirHogs return home after being swept in three games by the Wingnuts in Wichita, including two straight walk-off wins for the Wingnuts.
The AirHogs can at least take comfort knowing they’re not the only ones losing to Wichita. The Wingnuts have won 11 straight.
The first game saw the Hogs lose a 3-0 lead, which started with an Andres Rodriguez home run in the second inning. The Wingnuts responded, however, with five runs in the bottom of the second on five hits, including an infield hit from Jake Kahaulelio that scored two runs for the lead.
The five runs on five hits were the only ones Lance Janke allowed that game.
Grand Prairie came back with runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the game, but they only got one hit the rest of the game. The Wingnuts then put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth and went to the double steal, allowing Ryan Khoury’s fly ball to bring home David Peralta for the win.
In the second game, the Airhogs kept taking the lead only to see Wichita come back. They took the 1-0 lead in the first only to see the Wingnuts tie it in the bottom of the inning, They responded with two in the second on Zane Chavez’s home run; the Wingnuts tied the game by the fifth. Chavez doubled and scored in the seventh inning, but the Wingnuts tied the game in the bottom of the inning again. The game went to 10 innings before C.J.Zeigler launched a two-run shot to end the game.
The Wingnuts did not need the late-inning heroics on Sunday, as they used a five-run fifth inning to pull away 9-4. Kahaulelio drove in four runs as four Wichita players went for at least two RBI. Cody White was hit for eight runs on 10 hits, failing to get out of the fifth inning.
The AirHogs will begin a weekday home series against the Laredo Lemurs for the second straight week when they return to QuikTrip Park on Monday.