Eight-Run Fourth Dooms Wichita
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A five-hit, eight-run bottom of the fourth provided the Kansas City T-Bones with more than enough offense to double up the Wichita Wingnuts 12-6 on Friday night at T-Bones Stadium.
With the defeat, Wichita (59-38) is now 2.5 games behind the T-Bones with three games remaining in the season. The Wingnuts will have to sweep the Sioux City Explorers and Kansas City (61-35) will have to lose all three games at Gary SouthShore for the Wingnuts to reach the postseason.
The T-Bones seized a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-out, two-run single from Noah Perio Jr. against Wichita starter Seth Harvey (7-2). Wichita had a quick answer in the second on a two-run single from John Nester that tied the game at 2-2, but Kansas City's potent offense was right back to work in the third with a run-scoring single from Colin Walsh that provided the T-Bones with a 3-2 edge.
The scoring in the fourth started with an RBI single from Keith Curcio, then two more runs crossed on another single from Mason Davis. After a bases-loaded walk and an RBI fielder's choice made it 8-2, Adrian Nieto blew the game open with a three-run homer off Wingnuts reliever James Campbell for an 11-2 lead.
Wichita pulled two runs closer in the top of the fifth on Logan Watkins' RBI groundout and a run-scoring double from Zach Nehrir, but Kansas City quickly answered on a Davis two-out double in the bottom of the inning to produce a 12-4 score line.
Tony Thomas singled home Angel Reyes in the sixth and Abel Nieves singled in Watkins in the ninth to snag two late runs for Wichita, but Cody Winiarski capped off the win by getting Reyes to fly out to the warning track in right.
Barrett Astin (10-3) picked up the win for the T-Bones with six innings of work, allowing nine hits and five runs.
The Wingnuts open the final regular season series in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Saturday night against the Sioux City Explorers. Jordan Cooper (10-6, 4.51) gets the start for Wichita, while the Explorers have yet to announce their starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 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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