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Wingnuts Hang on for Shutout Win

June 1, 2018 - American Association (AA) - Wichita Wingnuts News Release

WICHITA, Kan. - Behind six shutout innings from Corbin Osburn and a solo home run from Tony Thomas, the Wichita Wingnuts fought off the Kansas City T-Bones 1-0 on Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

All of the scoring came in the second inning on one swing of the bat from Thomas, who cranked a long solo blast off Kansas City starter Tommy Collier (1-2). Collier settled down after the second, ultimately going six innings while allowing just four hits and striking out six.

That homer proved to be all the support that Osburn (2-0) would need, as the rookie lefty danced around runners in every inning but the first. Logan Trowbridge helped the cause by cutting down Angel Rosa trying to score on a single from Nick Torres in the third, and then Osburn induced double plays in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to escape trouble from the T-Bones (8-6).

The Wingnuts (9-5) turned the game over to Felix Carvallo for the seventh and eighth innings, and the southpaw responded with two scoreless frames. Carvallo stranded the potential tying run in scoring position in both innings, striking out Torres in the eighth to cap his outing.

Daniel Tillman nailed down his fourth save with a scoreless top of the ninth, but not without some drama. After the right-hander retired the first two T-Bones in the inning, Todd Cunningham lifted a high fly to left that Trowbridge couldn't corral, landing behind him for a triple. But Tillman bounced back, getting Dexter Kjerstad to ground out to preserve the win.

The Wingnuts continue their series with the T-Bones on Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Righty Travis Banwart (2-1, 2.00) gets the start for Wichita, while Kansas City has not announced their starter. The game starts at 7:05 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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