Wichita Survives Furious Rally to Clinch Series
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Despite racing out to an eight-run lead after three innings, the Wichita Wingnuts had to hang on for dear life on Tuesday night at Shaw Park, fending off the Winnipeg Goldeyes by the score of 9-8.
The win secured a series victory for the Wingnuts and clinched a winning road trip. Wichita has now won 14 of their last 16 games.
Wichita (24-13) hammered former Wingnuts righty Alex Boshers (2-4), banging out 12 hits and nine runs over two and two-thirds innings of work. Fernando Perez got the scoring started in the top of the first with an RBI single, plating Logan Watkins who led off the game with a double. After Winnipeg (19-18) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, the Wingnuts added three more in the second. Leo Vargas singled home a pair and then Zach Nehrir roped an RBI double for a 4-1 edge.
The lead ballooned to 9-1 after three, with Wichita exploding for five runs and knocking Boshers from the ballgame. Tony Thomas skied a two-run homer just beyond the glove of Goldeyes centerfielder Reggie Abercrombie, Watkins beat out an RBI infield single, Nehrir singled home Logan Trowbridge, and then a wild pitch from Calvin Drummond capped the scoring in the inning.
Casey Harman (5-1) kept the Goldeyes at bay through five innings of work, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while striking out five. But the Wingnuts bullpen immediately ran into problems, allowing four runs in the sixth. Andrew Sohn grounded an RBI single and Josh Mazzola lifted a three-run homer to trim the lead to 9-5.
A bases-loaded walk to Mazzola in the seventh cut the advantage to 9-6, then Josh Romanski lined a two-run homer in the eighth to pull the Goldeyes within 9-8.
Daniel Tillman came on from the Wingnuts bullpen for the bottom of the ninth, allowing a two-out single before getting Gavin Stupienski to fly out to Thomas in left for his 11th save of the season.
The Wingnuts look to sweep the series with the Goldeyes on Wednesday night. Wichita will start righty Charlie Gillies (2-1, 2.54), while Winnipeg has not yet announced their starter. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 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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