Relentless Wingnuts Take Series from Saints
WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts (19-10) beat the St. Paul Saints (15-14) 18-6 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Wingnuts reached season-highs in runs and base hits (22) in the win. For a second straight night, all nine of Wichita's starters collected at least one hit. Wichita scored in seven of their eight team at bats, and tallied multiple runs in six of them.
Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wingnuts scored twice to take the lead and scored 13 unanswered runs to finish the game. Ryan Khoury drew a one-out walk and advanced to second two batters later on a wild pitch. John Rodriguez singled on a groundball to left field to tie the game at 6-6. Rodriguez took second base on a throw to the plate and scored the lead run when C.J. Ziegler doubled to left-center.
In the bottom of the fifth, Abel Nieves beat out an infield single leading off and went to third on a double down the right field line from Mike Mobbs. Nieves scored when Saints' right fielder Brandon Tripp made an errant throw to second base. Mobbs took third on a sacrifice by David Amberson and scored on a line drive single to right from Jared McDonald.
Wichita broke the game open with a six-run bottom of the seventh in which 12 batters came to the plate. Mobbs led off with a single to left and was doubled to third by Amberson. Two batters later, Khoury singled home both runners to make it 11-6. A Jake Kahaulelio walk and a Colt Loehrs pinch-hit, infield single set up a bases loaded free pass to Ziegler. Cole Armstrong stretched the lead to 14-6 with a line drive single to center that brought in Kahaulelio and Rodriguez. Amberson drove in Wichita's 15th run later in the inning when he beat out an infield single on a high chopper to third base.
Kahaulelio hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth while Amberson hit another RBI, infield single to make it 18-6.
Nick Walters, Daniel Bennett, and Josh Stone each worked a scoreless inning of relief. The trio did not allow a hit over the final three frames.
St. Paul grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run down the left field line from Brad Boyer. Ziegler answered with a two-run single in the bottom half to tie the game.
After the Saints went in front 3-2 in the second on an Adam Frost groundout to third, Wichita scored two in the bottom half to take their first lead. Mobbs drew a leadoff walked and scored on an Amberson triple to left-center. The triple extended Amberson's hitting streak to 16 games. Amberson scored on a groundout to second from McDonald.
Nieves hit an RBI single in the bottom of the third that made it 5-3 before the Saints rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth against Wingnuts' starter Junior Guerra to take a short-lived 6-5 lead.
Guerra earned the win, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits in six innings. Guerra walked two and struck out three.
Saints' starter Luke Anderson took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in four innings. Anderson walked four and struck out one.
Amberson and Nieves each had four hits. Ziegler had four RBI, while Khoury scored four runs. Rodriguez, Armstrong, and Mobbs also had multi-hit games.
The Wingnuts host the Gary SouthShore RailCats for four games in three days beginning Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Jon Link is scheduled to start for Wichita. The RailCats go with right-hander Will Krout. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com
Beginning this season, fans can use cash at all points of sale in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Debit and credit cards will still be accepted.
For season tickets, group outings, or party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.
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