WINNIPEG, Manitoba (August 11, 2017) – The Wichita Wingnuts erased a 1-0 deficit with a three-run eighth to steal a 3-1 series-opening victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes Friday night at Shaw Park.
The Wingnuts (46-29) had done very little offensively over the first seven innings of the ball game, with just one hit and four total base runners. In the eighth however, Wichita caught fire against Goldeyes reliever Mitchell Lambson (5-3), opening the frame with four straight hits.
Brennen Salgado started the inning with a single off of the glove of Shawn Pleffner, then scored from first on a Leo Vargas double to tie it. Vargas then got a great read on a shallow fly to left by Tyler Sullivan, which fell in for a hit to get Vargas home to score the go-ahead run. The Wingnuts then added an insurance run, when Christian Stringer brought Sullivan around with a double.
After Jordan Cooper (6-1) kept the Wingnuts in the game with seven stellar innings, Wichita went to the bullpen for the final six outs. Mike Devine set the Goldeyes (45-32) down in order in the eighth, and Ryan Kussmaul then picked up a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth to earn his first save of the year.
Winnipeg opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Andrew Sohn led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out, then scored on a Josh Romanski single to make it 1-0.
The first inning tally was all the Goldeyes offense could muster on the night. After the first, Cooper blanked Winnipeg on three hits over his final six innings, stranding two extra-base hits, and erasing another knock on a double play.
Wichita struggled offensively for much of the night, and mustered just one hit against Winnipeg starter Charle Rosario in seven innings. Acquired from Gary on Thursday, the righty allowed two walks in the first, but did not allow another runner to get into scoring position. Rosario carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but Brent Clevlen broke it up with a two-out single.
The Wingnuts and Goldeyes continue their three-game series Saturday evening at Shaw Park. Veteran right-hander Tim Brown (2-2, 6.66) will toe the rubber for Wichita, while Winnipeg will counter with fellow righty Edwin Carl (7-3, 4.03). First pitch is set for 6:00, and the game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and americanassociationbaseball.tv.
The Wingnuts return to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Monday, August 14 to begin a five-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones, which begins with a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. 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.