Medina Walk-Off Stuns T-Bones
WICHITA, Kans. (June 12, 2017) - Martin Medina launched a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, and the Wichita Wingnuts stormed back to stun the Kansas City T-Bones 4-3 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Monday night.
After mustering just three hits through eight innings, the Wingnuts (16-8) offense awoke in the ninth. Brent Clevlen and TJ Mittelstaedt led off the inning with singles, and after a Matt Chavez fly out, Brennen Salgado grounded an RBI single to cut the Kansas City lead to 3-1. Medina then stepped to the plate and smacked the second pitch from T-Bones righty Jeff Walters (1-2) over the wall in left-center field for the Wingnuts first walk-off victory of 2017.
The comeback spoiled a brilliant outing from Kansas City starter Chris Perry, who allowed just one hit over seven shutout frames while striking out nine.
Three straight two-out hits got the T-Bones (12-11) on the board in the second, as Chantz Mack lined a single to plate Chase McDonald, who had doubled against Wingnuts starter Jordan Cooper.
Kevin Keyes connected for a solo shot the following inning, though Cooper avoided further trouble by inducing a pop-out with two T-Bones aboard. The Wichita righty battled his way through six innings, scattering nine hits and striking out four.
Keyes was back at it again in the fifth, launching another solo blast to stretch the Kansas City advantage to 3-0. Meanwhile, the Wingnuts offense struggled to produce threats against Perry, who retired 18 of the last 19 hitters he faced.
The first real scoring chance for Wichita came in the eighth, when Leo Vargas and Richard Prigatano slapped two-out infield singles against reliever Cody Winiarski, but a groundout ended the inning.
The Wingnuts bullpen did yeoman's work to keep the game within striking distance, as Josh Goossen-Brown, Austin Boyle and Mike Devine (1-2) each tossed a scoreless frame in relief. Devine ultimately picked up the win by posting a zero in the top of the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.
The Wingnuts and T-Bones will continue their series tomorrow night at 7:05, with Tyler Kane (3-1, 4.74) getting the starting nod for Wichita to be opposed by lefty Rich Mascheri (2-0, 2.63).
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