Wingnuts Falter in Bid for Sweep of T-Bones
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Five runs surrendered in the first inning put the Wichita Wingnuts in a hole they would not recover from, dropping the series finale with a 13-2 loss to the Kansas City T-Bones at Community America Ballpark Sunday afternoon.
The loss once again prevents a Wingnuts (10-6) sweep of the T-Bones, as Wichita won each of the first two games of the season against Kansas City before ceding the series finale.
However, this time the T-Bones used a ground attack of singles and a double to take the first lead of the game against Wichita starter Jordan Cooper in the first inning. Dylan Tice singled with one out before advancing to third on a Nick Torres single. Zach Walters then drove home Tice with a single of his own. After a Cooper walk loaded the bases, a wild-pitch brought home Torres. Walters then came home on a soft infield single. Adrian Nieto continued the rally with an RBI double to plate Todd Cunningham. Tucker Pennell finished the onslaught with a single down the third base line to plate the fifth run of the inning.
The Wingnuts got on the board in the next half frame, as Fernando Perez led off the top of the second with a double into right. One out later Zach Nehrir belted a two-run homer to cut the deficit to three.
Kansas City built another rally in the second on three walks from Evan Sanders. Dexter Kjerstad's RBI groundout stretched the lead to 6-2.
The T-Bones added another crooked number in the fourth thanks to free passes. Kansas City took advantage of three walks in the inning, adding two singles, in order to plate three runs and build their lead to 9-2 after the fourth inning.
Kansas City added two spots in each of the seventh and eighth innings to cap their scoring.
Lucas Irvine (1-0) tossed six innings, allowing just two runs to pick up the win for the T-Bones. Cooper (2-1) was saddled with the loss after just one inning of work.
The Wingnuts will return home Monday night to begin a three game series against the St. Paul Saints, which kicks off a six-game homestead at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Wichita will turn to left handed starter Casey Harman (2-0, 0.00) for the 7:05 pm start on Monday, while the Saints counter with former Wingnuts pitcher Eddie Medina (1-0, 2.94).
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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