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Bats Explode for 18 Hits as Wichita Rolls to Win

May 26, 2018 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts News Release

WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Wingnuts pounded out a season-high 18 hits and tied a season-high with seven runs in one inning as they rolled past the Texas AirHogs 15-3 on Saturday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Wichita (4-4) jumped in front early for the second straight night, putting up three runs in the first on a two-out RBI single from Tony Thomas, an RBI double from Zach Nehrir, and a run-scoring single from John Nester. Abel Nieves shot an RBI single in the second to extend the lead to 4-0, and a wild pitch in the third plated Nehrir to make it 5-0 Wingnuts.

Three more runs crossed in the fourth courtesy of Logan Trowbrige's RBI single and a two-run knock from Nieves, stretching the advantage to 8-0.

After Texas (1-7) pulled to within 8-2 on a two-run homer from Dillon Thomas in the fifth, Wichita exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Thomas, Nehrir, Aluko, Watkins, Trowbridge and Nieves all drove in runs as the Wingnuts banged out seven hits in the inning. Texas scratched out a run in the top of the seventh for the game's final margin.

Newcomer Jared Wilson fired two scoreless frames in his first start of the season, and Seth Harvey (1-0) picked up the win with three innings of relief and four strikeouts. Felix Carvallo and Trowbridge closed out the final four frames, with Trowbridge retiring all six hitters that he faced to secure the win.

Starter Tyler Matzek (0-1) took the loss for Texas, surrendering seven runs in three-plus innings of work.

The Wingnuts and AirHogs wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon; Corbin Osburn (0-0, 0.00) gets the ball in his first start for the Wingnuts, while Texas will counter with righty Gan Quan (0-1, 3.85) First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM and will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.

For information on season tickets, group outings, and 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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