Out in Grand Prairie, Texas the El Paso Diablos were swept by the Air Hogs three games to zero.
Game one was a 12-5 rout by the Air Hogs. Shortstop Maikol Gonzalez went 4-5 with two doubles. Second Baseman Jose G. Garcia went 2-5, with his first home run of the season with two runs batted in.
Designated Hitter Rogelio Noris also homered for the third time this season.
Despite the score, the Diablos compiled 12 hits compared to Grand Prairie’s 15. The Air Hogs scored six runs in the bottom of the third and four in the bottom of the fourth.
Reyes Dorado (1-1) threw three innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Dorado suffered his first loss of the year. Reliever Santo Hernandez added more fuel to the fire by allowing four runs on five hits, two runs were earned, in his three innings of work.
Games two and three were one run affairs as the Diablos lost 4-3 and 2-1. Game two was settled in the ninth inning, tied 3-3, Carlos Monasterios walked in the game winning run with the bases loaded to lose the game.
Carlos Teller started the game going five innings allowing two runs on four hits, fanning four. Monasterios (1-7) suffered his seventh loss after throwing the ninth inning, walking four batters and allowing two runs.
Right Fielder Brian Joynt went 2-4, with two doubles. Joynt is now hitting a team-best .341.
In the finale, Grand Prairie won in dramatic fashion. The game was aired on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network (Channel 24 for Time Warner Cable customers). Only seven hits were scattered by the Diablos with eight runners left stranded.
Joynt once again went 2-4 with two doubles, tallying 27 doubles on the season.
Jake Meiers (0-1) was handed with his first loss after throwing 1.2 innings allowing one run on two hits. Kevin Cooper started, going 5.2 innings allowing one run on five hits, striking out four batters.
Why was the game so dramatic? Air Hog Right Fielder Kenny Held threw a line drive to homeplate to get the third out as Catcher Angel Flores protected the plate and prevented the game from going into extra innings. With that said, Grand Prairie won 2-1 and took the series.
Onwards to Kansas City where the Diablos began a three-game series with the T-Bones. Game one went to El Paso 5-3.
Gonzalez went 3-5 stealing his 30th base of the year. Garcia added to the cause by going 2-4 with three stolen bases.
The rookie Austin Carden (3-1) out of Houston, Texas went 5.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits.
Marshall Schuler picked up his sixth save of the season fanning one in the hitless ninth inning. Schuler has an earned-run average of 0.94 with a 5-2 record.
Game two was the opposite as El Paso fell 7-2. Approximately 8,294 fans converged onto Community America Ballpark.
Justin Kuks (0-1) suffered his first loss after allowing seven runs on 12 hits in four innings. Gonzalez went 2-4, hitting his ninth double of the season. The Diablos only got five hits.
Game three went to the Diablos 5-0. Gonzalez stayed hot at the plate going 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Garcia went 2-4 with two RBI’s.
Dorado (1-1) went the distance throwing eight innings allowing three hits striking out three batters.
The Diablos captured their third series of the season.
Maikol Gonzalez was named Pointstreak Hitter of the Week by the American Association statistician. Gonzalez is the first and only Diablo this season to have earned the title, so far. With a batting average of .500, 13 hits, and seven runs during the week, Gonzalez has helped the Diablos win seven of their last 13 games in July.
Returning to Cohen Stadium for a five-game homestand with the Wichita Wingnuts, the Diablos are currently 21-46, 16 games out of first, and 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Game one went to El Paso 8-7 as the Diablos won courtesy of First Baseman Jonathon Cisneros, who hit the game winning RBI-single in the ninth to propel the Diablos into the win column. Catcher Juan Apodaca went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s.
Schuler (5-2) pitched 1.2 innings fanning one and walking three to pick up his fifth win in front of a crowd of 763 fans.
Game two is tonight at 8:05 p.m.