Chicago's Simms Stymies Wingnuts
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Trevor Simms retired the first 15 hitters to come to the plate against him and faced the minimum through six innings, handcuffing the Wichita Wingnuts on the way to a 5-3 win for the Chicago Dogs on Wednesday night at Impact Field.
Simms (1-1) piled up a season-high nine strikeouts, more than he had recorded in his first two starts with the Dogs combined. More importantly, he did not issue a walk or hit a batter after handing out 11 free passes over his first 8.1 innings on the season. The righty ultimately allowed one run on just two hits over seven frames to pick up the victory.
On the flip side, Wingnuts starter Tyler Kane (5-2) ran into problems immediately. The Dogs (27-42) put their first two men on in the first and scored a run on a Treyson Vavra double play for a 1-0 lead. Vavra doubled the advantage in the third on an RBI single, then Joe Benson delivered the game's biggest hit with a two-run double that made it 4-0 Chicago.
Benson was at it again with a solo homer in the fifth, giving him two doubles and two homers through the first three games of the series.
Wichita (43-26) began to crawl out of the 5-0 deficit with a Logan Watkins solo homer leading off the seventh, sliced just inside the left-field foul pole. Dogs reliever Kaohi Downing battled his command in a rocky eighth, handing out two walks and two wild pitches, the latter of which scored Angel Reyes to cut the lead to 5-2.
Another wild pitch in the ninth scored Abel Nieves to produce a 5-3 score, but Chicago closer Taylor Grover struck out Angel Reyes with a runner at second to end the game and record his sixth save.
The Wingnuts conclude their series with the Dogs on Thursday night. Right-hander Travis Banwart (5-2, 2.12) gets the start for Wichita, while Chicago will counter with lefty Kylin Turnbull (3-4, 4.76). First pitch from Impact Field is scheduled for 7:05 PM, and will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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