Prigatano Shines as Wingnuts Slip by Texas
WICHITA, Kans. (June 28, 2017) - Richard Prigatano delivered a crucial two-run single and Eddie Medina tossed five quality innings, as Wichita bounced back with a 4-2 win over the Texas AirHogs on Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
A wild pitch brought home the Wingnuts (27-12) first run in the bottom of the second, as Texas starter TJ Bozeman (2-3) uncorked a pitch to the backstop that scored Matt Chavez.
After Texas (11-28) evened the score in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Trevor Sealey, Wichita put together a more conventional rally to grab the lead right back. With one out, TJ Mittelstaedt walked, Chavez singled, and Zac Fisher drew a base on balls of his own to load the bases. Prigatano followed with a sharp single into right off Bozeman that scored two for a 3-1 Wingnuts lead.
That proved to be enough for Medina (5-1), who battled his way through five innings to pick up the victory. The right-hander struck out a season-high six batters, and stranded eight AirHogs on the basepaths.
Wichita picked up an important insurance run in the sixth, when a double-steal from Prigatano and Brennen Salgado forced a throwing error that allowed Prigatano to score for a 4-1 advantage.
A solo homer from Casio Grider in the top of the seventh cut the deficit to 4-2, but Austin Boyle and Mike Devine retired all six hitters they faced over the final two frames to slam the door.
The Wingnuts will wrap up their series with the AirHogs on Wednesday night at 7:05, with Jordan Cooper (3-0, 1.60) getting the start for Wichita against lefty Michael Freeman (1-1, 3.14). All the action will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM, and at americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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