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 Wichita Wind Surge

Wind Surge Defeated with Walk-Off

June 7, 2023 - Texas League (TL)
Wichita Wind Surge News Release

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Jake Rucker's four RBI game and solid pitching from Carlos Luna were not enough to hold back the San Antonio Missions tonight. The Surge lose the series opener 6-5 as the Missions score three ninth inning runs to stun Wichita.

It did not take long for the Surge bats to get hot. Brooks Lee, Yunior Severino, and Jake Rucker, the one, two and three batters, all started the game off with doubles. Rucker's hit drove in his first two RBIs of the game. Patrick Winkel also got a RBI with a single to right field.

The second inning went nearly identical to the first for the Wind Surge. Lee hit another double. Jake Rucker also hit another double, nearly identical to his first, ripped down the third base line, that scored his other two RBIs in the game.

The Missions got their first hit of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Pedro Castellanos singled on a line drive to center field. They failed to capitalize and left two men on base ending the inning with no runs.

Fate seemed to turn around for San Antonio. They were able to get a solo home-run out of Yorman Rodriguez on a fly ball to left field in the fourth. Two more runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth but this looked like it would be too little and too late.

In the bottom of the ninth the Missions loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter and Tirso Ornelas doubled on a sharp line drive to center field. Three runs were driven in for the Missions who won the game in a walk-off.

Carlos Luna only gave up one run in the four innings he pitched for the Wind Surge. He also recorded three strikeouts. Regi Grace pitched a scoreless eighth in his Wind Surge debut.

Wichita extends their losing streak to a season high five games.

NOTES: The six doubles for Wichita matches a season high. Brooks Lee had a two double night and leads the league with 18. DaShawn Keirsey has reached base in 15 consecutive games.

UPCOMING: The Wichita Wind Surge continue their road trip in Texas. They will take on San Antonio for the second game of the series at 7:05. LH Aaron Rozek for the Surge will face LH Jackson Wolf for the Missions.

BROADCAST: ESPN Wichita 92.3 FM, Milk First Pitch App,, and Ballys Live app.

NEXT HOME GAME: The Wind Surge return home to Tuesday, June 20th to play Arkansas Travelers at Riverfront Stadium.

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