The Grand Prairie AirHogs may have needed another walk-off win, but they still have a commanding lead where it counts.
David Espinosa scored in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch to cap off a 12-11 offensive slugfest at QuikTrip Park and give Grand Prairie a 2-0 lead in their playoff sereis with Wichita.
Espinosa walked with one out in the inning off Jared Simon, followed by Greg Porter’s double. Simon then intentionally walked Cesar Nicolas and was replaced by Josh Dew, who uncorked the wild throw that Espinosa crossed the plate on.
The Wingnuts had tied the game in the eighth inning, when Jon Hunton walked the bases loaded before allowing an RBI hit to Mitch Einertson and sacrifice fly to Josh Workman.
Grand Prairie had built the 11-9 lead with two-four-run innings. Alonso had a two-run home run as part of the fourth inning, and Porter had a two-run double to start a four-run seventh.
Wichita stayed in the game with a pair of three-run innings. Carlos RIvera hit a three-run homer in the fifth, while Josh Horn drove in two in the sixth.
Neither starter made it past the sixth inning. Tim Brown seven earned runs on 11 hits for the Hogs in just over five innings.
Porter led Grand Prairie with three RBI on the night.