Defense Falters as Wingnuts Drop Series Opener
WICHITA, Kans. (June 23, 2017) - The Cleburne Railroaders got four runs in the top of the first and took advantage of five Wichita errors to fend off the Wingnuts 5-3 on Friday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Cleburne (19-16) was able to get to Wingnuts starter Charlie Leesman (1-1) for a quartet of runs in the top of the first, stringing together six hits to grab the early 4-0 advantage.
Wichita (23-11) got on the board in the third, when Christian Stringer produced an RBI groundout off Railroaders starter Wander Perez (1-0) to cut the deficit to 4-1, but the Wingnuts rally was extinguished when TJ Mittelstaedt lined out sharply to strand a pair of runners.
Wingnuts reliever Garrett Gould tossed four shutout innings to keep the Wingnuts within striking distance, but Cleburne added an unearned run in the seventh on an RBI double from Blake Grant-Parks. The five fielding errors tied a franchise record for Wichita.
Brent Clevlen and Matt Chavez did their best to pull the Wingnuts closer in the eighth, notching a run-scoring single and double, respectively. But Railroaders closer Winston Abreu worked a scoreless ninth to secure the victory and record his ninth save.
The Wingnuts will continue their series with the Railroaders on Saturday night at 7:05, with Jordan Cooper (2-0, 1.85) getting the start for Wichita against former Wingnut Patrick Mincey (5-0, 1.90). All the action will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM, and at americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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