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Chris Smith Tabbed as Pitcher of the Week

July 22, 2013 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts News Release

WICHITA, KS - Wichita Wingnuts' starting pitcher Chris Smith has been named the American Association's Pitcher of the Week for July 15th-21st.

Smith was 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA in two starts last week. On July 15th, Smith tossed eight shutout innings and struck out nine during the Wingnuts' 2-0 win at Sioux City. It marked the fifth consecutive start in which the right-hander pitched at least seven full innings. In yesterday afternoon's win versus Lincoln, Smith held the Saltdogs to just one earned run on three hits. The Apple Valley, CA native struck out a season-high 12 batters, one shy of tying a Wingunts' single-game record.

Smith is 7-3 in 12 starts this season with a 3.40 ERA. The 32-year-old Smith ranks tied for fourth in the American Association in wins, ninth in ERA, and second in strikeouts (81). Smith has allowed three or fewer earned runs in nine of 13 starts and has walked three or fewer in 12 of them.

Smith becomes the fifth Wingnuts' player to earn league honors this season.

2013 Wichita Wingnuts League Awards OF Jared McDonald - Batter of the Week (May 27th-June 2nd) OF David Amberson - Batter of the Week (June 10th-16th) 1B C.J. Ziegler - Batter of the Week (June 24th-30th) LHP Ryan Hinson - Pitcher of the Month (June) RHP Chris Smith - Pitcher of the Week (July 15th-21st)

The Wingnuts open a three-game series tonight against the Amarillo Sox. First pitch at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Ryan Scoles faces right-hander Joe Newby. 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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