Brown, Clevlen Hit Milestones in Sweep of Salina
SALINA, Kans. - Tim Brown became the franchise's all-time wins leader and Brent Clevlen collected his 1,000th professional RBI on Tuesday night as the Wichita Wingnuts swept a twin bill from the Salina Stockade with 9-4 and 5-0 wins at Dean Evans Stadium.
After a rocky second inning that saw the Stockade (10-57) plate four runs, one of which was unearned, Brown settled in. The righty worked around two singles in the third, and allowed a leadoff single in the fourth, but then retired the final six he faced to get through five innings.
The Wingnuts (42-25) responded to the four-run second with a six-run bottom half of the inning. Eight straight reached with one out against Jared Koenig (1-2), with a Richard Prigatano RBI double getting Wichita on the board. Leo Vargas added an RBI single, and Tyler Sullivan then put the Wingnuts ahead with a three-run double. Clevlen then capped the frame with an RBI single to pick up the 1,000th RBI of his professional career.
The final three runs of game one came courtesy of Zac Fisher. Fisher brought home a run with a fielder's choice in the fourth, then launched a two-run shot to center in the sixth.
The trio of Brown, James Campbell, and Seth Harvey combined to retire 11 in a row and 12 of the last 13 Stockade hitters of the contest, and did not allow a hit after the leadoff single in the fourth. Harvey struck out Cody Coffman to end the game and seal Brown's franchise-record 31st win as a Wingnut.
In game two, the Wingnuts (43-25) grabbed the lead in the second. With two down, Martin Medina, Prigatano, and Brennen Salgado all reached in front of Vargas, who doubled off of Jordan Cummings (1-3) to make it 2-0.
The same quartet was at it again in the fourth, as Medina, Prigatano, and Salgado all reached in front of Vargas again, and the shortstop brought two more home with a single, giving him a career-high four RBIs in the game and five for the doubleheader. Christian Stringer added a sacrifice fly later in the frame to push the lead to five.
Ryan Kussmaul started for Wichita, and kept Salina (10-58) scoreless through four, but was removed after a few warm-up tosses prior to the fifth. Tyler Kane (7-1) came on in relief, and after letting the first two reach, retired the next three to begin a run of eight in a row set down by Wingnuts pitching. Garrett Gould worked a perfect sixth, and Austin Boyle then posted a zero in the seventh, sealing Wichita's fifth shutout of the season and a sweep with a strikeout of Jordan Caillouet.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Wingnuts continue their stretch of 17 straight away from home on Thursday night, with the opener of a four-game series against the Sioux City Explorers at Mercy Field at Lewis & Clark Park. Right-hander Eddie Medina (7-3, 3.07) is slated to get the start for Wichita in the series opener, which is set for 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
The Wingnuts return to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Monday, August 7 to begin a three-game series against the Lincoln Saltdogs. For information on 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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