Wichita Hangs on for First-Ever Win over Dogs
ROSEMONT, Ill. - A seven-run third inning proved to be all the offense the Wichita Wingnuts would need on Monday night, as they fended off the Chicago Dogs 7-6 in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs at Impact Field.
The third inning outburst tied a Wingnuts season high for most hits and most runs recorded in a single frame, as seven straight Wichita hitters reached with a hit to begin the inning against Chicago starter Jared Carkuff (4-3). Hunter Clanin got the scoring started with an RBI single, then Zach Nehrir and Tony Thomas punched two-run singles for a 5-2 Wichita lead. Logan Trowbridge added an RBI groundout and Nick Rotola lofted a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
Those seven runs pulled the Wingnuts (42-25) out of a first inning deficit, as Joe Bensen lined a two-out, two-run homer off Wichita starter Jordan Cooper (7-5) for a 2-0 Chicago lead. Bensen was at it again in the bottom of the third, flicking a two-run double off the wall in right to trim the Wingnuts lead to 7-4.
The Dogs (26-41) continued their comeback in the fourth, as Matt Dean led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a groundout from Stephen Perez that cut the deficit to 7-5. Felix Carvallo took over for Cooper in the seventh, and promptly allowed a leadoff solo homer to Perez that made it a 7-6 game.
Austin Boyle recorded the final out of the seventh, then cruised through a 1-2-3 eighth before Wichita turned it over to Daniel Tillman for the ninth. The Wingnuts closer issued a leadoff walk, but struck out back-to-back hitters to end the game and record his league-leading 19th save of the season.
The Wingnuts continue their series with the Dogs on Tuesday night. Right-hander Charlie Gillies (5-3, 3.58) gets the start for Wichita, while Chicago will counter with lefty Scott Barnes (1-2, 4.85). First pitch from Impact Field is scheduled for 7:05 PM, and will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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