KANSAS CITY, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts beat the Kansas City T-Bones 6-5 at Community America Ballpark on Friday night.
Trailing 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning, Taylor Freeman cracked an opposite field, three-run home run off T-Bones' closer Jacob Wiley. Mitch Einertson drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and took third base two batters later on David Peralta's single up the middle.
Matt Nevarez pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the year. Nevarez struck out Bridger Hunt and Gus Milner back-to-back for the first two outs. After Jose Duran drew a walk, Nevarez recorded the final out of the game when Mike Conroy picked off Brandon Jones' slicing line drive toward the left-center field gap.
It marked Wichita's first win this season when trailing after eight innings.
Jones gave the T-Bones a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a two-out, double to center field.
John Rodriguez cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left-center.
Kansas City added two runs in the fifth on an RBI single from Duran and a sacrifice fly from Jones, but Juan Richardson hammered a two-run home run to center in the top of the sixth that cut the lead to 4-3.
Justin Bass fought off a double down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth to drive in Kansas City's final run.
Jared Simon earned the win in relief for the Wingnuts with two scoreless innings.
Ryan Hinson started for Wichita and took a no-decision. Hinson allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits in six innings. Hinson walked none and struck out five.
Kansas City starter Josh Rainwater also took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in six and two-thirds. Rainwater walked one and struck out seven.
Wiley was charged with the loss.
C.J. Ziegler extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left in the top of the seventh. Ryan Khoury had two hits and has now reached base in 16 straight games.
The series continues on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Ben Graham takes on former Wingnuts' right-hander Nick Singleton. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.kleyam.com
The Wingnuts return home for a seven-game homestand beginning Friday, June 15th versus Kansas City. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com
For 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