GARY, IN- The Wichita Wingnuts beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 1-0 at U.S. Steel Yard on Tuesday night.
Derek Blacksher became the Wingnuts' all-time leader in wins with six and two-thirds shutout innings.
The Wingnuts scored the only run of the game in the top of the third against RailCats' starter Derek Drage. With two outs and no one on base, John Rodriguez lined a single to left-center. C.J. Ziegler then ripped a single down the left field line to put runners on first and second. Mitch Einertson followed with a first-pitch, line drive single to left that brought in Rodriguez just ahead of left fielder Adam Klein's throw to the plate.
Blacksher allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out three in the win. Blacksher stranded the tying run on third base in both the fifth and sixth innings. Blacksher is now 19-6 in his three years with Wichita.
Nick Walters, Edgar Martinez, and Matt Nevarez helped nail down the win with two and one-third scoreless relief innings. Nevarez also stranded the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Drage took the loss, allowing one earned run on six hits in seven innings. Drage walked two and struck out three.
The team shutout was the Wingnuts first since July 15th, 2011 at Grand Prairie.
The series concludes Wednesday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. Ryan Hinson takes on right-hander Stephen Hiscock. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.kleyam.com
The Wingnuts return home for six games beginning Friday, June 15th when they host the Kansas City T-Bones at 7:05 p.m. 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