September 17, 2017 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts
WINGNUTS RALLY LATE TO TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD
Wichita 5, Winnipeg 3 Wichita leads series 2-1
W: Josh Goossen-Brown (1-0) L: Victor Capellan (0-1) S: Ryan Kussmaul (3)
Full box score attached.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Wichita Wingnuts scored three with two outs in the top of the eighth to rally for a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes Sunday evening at Shaw Park. The victory puts Wichita up two games to one in the best-of-five Championship Series.
Victor Capellan (0-1) retired the first five Wingnuts he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, but Christian Stringer kept the eighth alive with a single. After Martin Medina worked a walk, Brent Clevlen lifted a single into shallow right that scored Stringer, and tied the game at 3-3. TJ Mittelstaedt followed with another single to put Wichita in front, before Matt Chavez tacked on an insurance run with a run-scoring single of his own.
Mike Devine came on in the bottom half and set Winnipeg down in order, and after the Wingnuts stranded a two-out single in the top of the ninth, Ryan Kussmaul worked a perfect bottom half to lock down his third save of the postseason.
The Goldeyes got out to an early lead, plating two in the first. Reggie Abercrombie got things started with an RBI double, and Shawn Pleffner made it 2-0 with an RBI ground out. In the fourth, Mason Katz stretched the lead to three with a two-out RBI single.
Wichita's comeback began in the fifth, when Richard Prigatano took Goldeyes starter Kevin McGovern deep. The Wingnuts got another back in the sixth on a Mittelstaedt double, but had the tying run thrown out at the plate to keep Winnipeg ahead by one.
Following the two runs allowed in the first, Wichita starter Jordan Cooper settled down, and allowed just two hits over his final five innings. Josh Goossen-Brown (1-0) followed Cooper by retiring Winnipeg in order in the seventh, and earned the win after the Wichita rally. The Wingnuts bullpen trio of Goossen-Brown, Devine, and Kusmaul combined to retire all nine they faced.
The Wingnuts look to close out the Goldeyes Monday night at Shaw Park in Game Four of the American Association Championship Series. Wichita will send right-hander Eddie Medina (1-0, 3.00) to the mound, while Winnipeg will turn to fellow righty Charle Rosario (1-1, 7.00). First pitch is slated for 7:05, and the game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn, and americanassociationbaseball.tv.