Wingnuts Rally to Claim Back and Forth Affair
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Wichita Wingnuts scored four runs over the final two innings to rally for a 10-7 series-opening victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries Friday night at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Trailing 7-6 to start the eighth, Christian Stringer launched a solo homer to right, the third long ball of the night for Wichita (34-13), to tie the game at seven.
After a perfect bottom of the eighth from Mike Devine (2-2), the Wingnuts offense jumped all over Jose Ortega (2-2) in the ninth. Brennen Salgado led off with a double, then scored on the second RBI single of the night for Richard Prigatano. Prigatano took second on the throw to the plate, stole third, then came around on a Leo Vargas sacrifice fly. Stringer scored the third and final run of the frame on a TJ Mittelstaedt single, narrowly evading a tag attempt from Aaron Gretz.
Wichita turned things over to closer Seth Harvey for the ninth, and he set down the Canaries (20-26) in order to earn his 10th save. The win gives the Wingnuts 12 straight victories away from home.
Matt Chavez and Martin Medina got the Wichita offense off to a hot start, as they hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the first to give the Wingnuts an early 4-0 edge. Sioux Falls got two back in the home half, on back-to-back long balls of their own from Brett Marr and Jabari Henry.
The two teams traded runs in the third, before a four-run fourth gave the Canaries a 7-5 lead. Harrison Kain then got Wichita back to within a run in the fifth with an RBI double.
The Wingnuts bullpen proved to be huge, facing the minimum over five shutout innings. The quartet of Josh Goossen-Brown, Austin Boyle, Devine and Harvey allowed two base runners, both of which were erased, and combined to strike out seven Canaries.
The Wingnuts and Canaries continue their three-game series Saturday night at Sioux Falls Stadium. Right-hander Alex Boshers (6-2, 3.87) will be on the hill for Wichita, while Sioux Falls will counter with fellow righty Bryce Morrow (1-3, 4.68). First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
The Wingnuts return to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Tuesday, July 11 to begin a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. For information on 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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