Wingnuts Drop Twin Bill to Saltdogs
WICHITA, Kan. - With an opportunity to move into the second playoff spot in the South Division, the Wichita Wingnuts instead lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Lincoln Saltdogs by final scores of 5-2 and 7-1 on Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Wingnuts (50-32) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one, getting an RBI single from Tony Thomas after Lincoln starter Eric Wooten left after just two hitters with an apparent injury. Wichita left the bases loaded, however, and Lincoln (40-41) promptly scored three runs in the second off starter Casey Harman (9-4). TJ Bennett singled home the first run to tie the game at 1-1, then after a Cesar Valera sacrifice fly made it 2-1, Ivan Marin lashed a two-out single to extend the Lincoln lead.
Curt Smith blasted a solo homer in the top of the third for a 4-1 advantage, though Thomas answered with an RBI double in the bottom of the inning to trim the deficit to two. A long Brandon Jacobs homer in the fifth capped the scoring for the Saltdogs.
Harman took the loss despite tossing a complete game, going all seven innings while striking out two and walking two. He surrendered eight hits and five runs, all earned.
Shairon Martis (2-4) picked up the win for Lincoln, tossing four shutout innings in relief while allowing only one hit.
In game two, the Saltdogs took the lead just two pitches into the game on a Christian Ibarra solo homer. Two batters later Smith launched another for a 2-0 Lincoln edge.
Jacobs hit his second homer of the day with a two-run blast in the third. Logan Watkins scored Wichita's lone run of the nightcap in the home half of the inning, leading off with a triple and coming in to score on an RBI groundout from Abel Nieves. The Saltdogs put the game away with three two-out runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run double from Bennett and another RBI two-bagger from Cesar Valera.
Brad Thoutt (1-1) picked up his first professional win with five strong innings for Lincoln, striking out five while allowing just one earned run.
Jordan Cooper (9-6) took the loss for Wichita, surrendering four runs in five innings while striking out five as well.
The Wingnuts will look to salvage the final game of the series against the Saltdogs on Thursday night. Righty Charlie Gillies (6-5, 3.93) starts for Wichita, while Lincoln counters with lefty Joe Bircher (5-6, 5.16) The game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
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