WINNIPEG, Manitoba (August 12, 2017) – The Wichita Wingnuts had an early 6-1 lead, but could not hold it as the Winnipeg Goldeyes claimed an 11-9 win to even the series at a game apiece Saturday evening at Shaw Park.
The Wingnuts (46-30) struck first, as Brent Clevlen opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. After Winnipeg (46-32) got their first run of the evening in the second, Wichita tacked on three more in the third. Martin Medina drew a bases loaded walk, a run scored on a double play, and Brennen Salgado plated the third run with a two-out RBI double.
The Goldeyes clawed back to within one in the home half of the third. David Rohm got it started with a two-run double, before a Wingnuts error eventually led to a pair of unearned runs.
A five-run fourth then put Winnipeg in front. Rohm and Josh Romanski tied it and gave the Goldeyes the lead with a run-scoring knock apiece, and Shawn Pleffner then capped it with a three-run homer, which ended the evening for Wingnuts starter Tim Brown (2-3).
Wichita was not done yet, putting together another three-run frame in the sixth to climb back to within one. TJ Mittelstaedt reached for the fourth time in the game with an RBI double, Matt Chavez singled in a run, and Richard Prigatano then made it 10-9 with a run-scoring bunt single.
The Prigatano bunt single ended up being the final base runner of the night for Wichita, as the Goldeyes bullpen shut the Wingnuts down from there. Victor Capellan (2-4) retired all six he faced in the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win, and Ryan Chaffee then dealt a perfect ninth to earn his 16th save.
In relief of Brown, the Wichita bullpen also pitched well, allowing just one run, a Romanski solo homer in the eighth, in four and two-thirds innings.
The Wingnuts and Goldeyes wrap up their three-game series with a rubber match Sunday afternoon at Shaw Park. Wichita will turn to right-hander Alex Boshers (10-2, 3.17), while Winnipeg will counter with fellow righty Edwin Carl (7-3, 4.03). First pitch is set for 1:00, 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.