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Five-Run Innings Help Wingnuts Roll

August 13, 2018 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts News Release

CLEBURNE, Tex. - A pair of five-run innings in the third and eighth frames helped the Wichita Wingnuts to a 13-6 win over the Cleburne Railroaders on Sunday night at The Depot at Cleburne Station.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the second inning, when heavy rain forced a delay of just under 90 minutes. Upon returning to the field, both offenses woke up, as Cleburne (26-53) plated a pair in the second and the Wingnuts (49-30) answered with a five-spot in the third. Zach Nehrir got the scoring started with an RBI single, then Angel Reyes tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI fielder's choice groundout. Chase Simpson put Wichita in front with a two-run single, before John Nester capped the inning with an RBI single of his own.

Wingnuts starter Tyler Kane did not make it out of the third inning, throwing a wild pitch to pull Cleburne back within 5-3. Seth Harvey (7-1) came out of the bullpen to strand a pair of runners, then tossed three more shutout innings to pick up the win. Harvey tied a Wingnuts season high for strikeouts by a reliever, punching out five Railroaders on the evening.

Harvey's performance gave the Wingnuts plenty of time to tack on, scoring two in the fourth on a Reyes RBI double and a Tony Thomas RBI single that stretched the lead to 7-3. Reyes drove home another run in the sixth with a groundout to give Wichita a five-run cushion.

The Wingnuts blew the game open with five more runs in the eighth, highlighted by two-run singles from Reyes and Nester. Reyes finished the game with five RBI, only the second time a Wingnuts player has reached that mark in 2018. He and Nehrir both scored three runs, tying a Wingnuts season high as well.

Brady Bowen picked up the save for Wichita by working the final three innings, allowing a trio of runs in the bottom of the ninth but also striking out five to match Harvey's total. The Wingnuts struck out 13 Cleburne hitters, giving them 35 strikeouts through the first three games of the series.

The Wingnuts wrap up their series with the Railroaders on Monday night. Righty Travis Banwart (6-3, 2.49) starts for Wichita, while Cleburne will counter with lefty Michael Gunn (3-5, 4.03). First pitch from The Depot at Cleburne Station is scheduled for 6:06 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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