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Sloppy Wingnuts Routed in Lincoln

July 23, 2017 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts News Release

LINCOLN, Neb.- The Wichita Wingnuts scored the first run, and then gave up the last 10 of the ball game as they fell 10-1 to the Lincoln Saltdogs Saturday night at Haymarket Park.

Zac Fisher got things started on a positive note for the Wingnuts (38-22), as he homered with one out in the second to give Wichita a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Kussmaul (5-3) retired the first six Saltdogs (38-22) he faced, but ran into trouble in the third, giving up three straight hits to start the frame, which tied the score. Christian Ibarra hit a sacrifice fly to give Lincoln the lead, and then Curt Smith doubled two more in to make it 4-1.

In the fourth, Nathaniel Maggio and Randolph Oduber began the inning with back-to-back homers, stretching the lead to five.

One of five Wingnuts errors helped the Saltdogs added an unearned tally in the fifth, and Ibarra hit a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 9-1. Two more errors led to Lincoln's final run, with Ibarra capping a huge night with his fourth RBI.

The ten runs were plenty for Saltdogs starter Brian McAfee (4-1), who held Wichita to four hits over eight innings. Wingnuts threats were few and far between against the righty, as they put two on in the third, only to see a double play end the frame. Leo Vargas reached all three times he came to the plate, including a leadoff double in the sixth, but he was stranded in scoring position each time.

The nine-run margin is the biggest loss suffered by Wichita this season, and is also the Wingnuts sixth consecutive defeat, a new franchise record.

The Wingnuts and Saltdogs conclude their three-game set Sunday afternoon at Haymarket Park. Right-hander Jordan Cooper (4-0, 3.20) will get the ball for Wichita, while Lincoln will send fellow righty Derek Gordon (5-2, 2.85) to the hill. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and www.americanassociationbaseball.tv .


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