Early Runs Help Railroaders Down Canaries, 5-2
GRAND PRAIRIE, Tex. (Aug. 1, 2019) – Erik Manoah Jr. tossed seven shutout innings and Matt Dean lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to give the Texas AirHogs a 1-0 win over the Cleburne Railroaders on Thursday night at AirHogs Stadium.
Manoah and Jesus Sanchez dominated, trading zeroes through seven innings without allowing a runner to reach third base. In the eighth, however, the AirHogs (17-53) loaded the bases with one out on a pair of singles and a fielder’s choice. Dean skied a 1-2 pitch from D.J. Sharabi (0-1) to right-center, scoring Jonathan Moroney to give Texas the 1-0 lead.
The Railroaders (41-28) got a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth, but Tyler Matzek came out of the Texas bullpen and retired the next three hitters to record his second save of the season.
Brett Eibner (1-0) earned with win with a scoreless top of the eighth.
The Railroaders and AirHogs conclude their series on Friday night at 7:05 PM.
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By Denning Gerig