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Wingnuts falter in 12th inning, lose to T-Bones Wingnuts falter in 12th, finally lose to T-Bones

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 11:24 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 13, 2012, at 6:51 a.m.

Wingnuts manager Kevin Hooper said that "little mistakes" were a big part of Wichita’s recent 1-7 road trip, but such miscues are magnified for a team trying to emerge from a tumultuous stretch.

Wichita avoided them in beating Kansas City on Wednesday, but the Wingnuts couldn’t gain traction Thursday, when an error paved the way for the T-Bones’ three-run 12th and ultimately their 6-3 win at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Jared Simon, who earned the win in relief on Wednesday, couldn’t keep the score tied in his second inning Thursday. Simon, pitching for the fourth straight night, made an error that allowed Devin Goodwin to reach second base to start the 12th.

Simon fielder Goodwin’s high chopper and had time to throw out Goodwin, but his throw was wide and rolled along the fence down the first-base line as Goodwin eased into second base. Brandon Jones followed with a single, and the T-Bones were on their way to breaking it open.

Ray Sadler grounded out to Simon, allowing Jones to advance to second but holding Goodwin at third. Simon avoided disaster when, while intentionally walking Trevor Coleman, he threw a pitch across the plate that Coleman swung at and missed. Coleman’s walk loaded the bases, setting up a potential double play.

Simon, usually effective against right-handed hitters, got to a 1-2 count to Enrique Cruz but couldn’t finish him — Cruz worked the count full before grounding a single past third baseman Steve Carrillo. Two runs scored, and KC added a third on a sacrifice fly that left fielder Jared McDonald caught in foul territory.

Perhaps more troubling than the Wingnuts’ rough 12th inning was its lack of offense after the fifth inning. After Kansas City scored three in the top half to take a one-run lead, Wichita answered with John Rodriguez’s solo homer to tie it.

That was the last of the Wingnuts’ offense, though. A retooled lineup was stifled by three Kansas City pitchers after the fifth, failing to achieve a baserunner or even manage many balls that threatened finding outfield grass.

After Kansas City’s big 12th inning, Wichita continued to go down without much of a fight. Newcomer Jairo Perez and David Peralta flied out before McDonald became the last out by looking at a third strike. The final 20 Wingnuts were retired in order.

The first four innings appeared to be setting the stage for a Wingnuts win highlighted by strong showings from new players. Jairo Perez, who made his debut on Wednesday, accented run-scoring second and fourth innings with doubles. He was driven in once by new catcher Mason Morioka, a rookie from the University of San Francisco.

Former Wichita State pitcher Anthony Capra also made his Wingnuts debut Thursday and mostly cruised through the first three innings before beginning to wear in the fourth. Capra had been pitching in relief in the Oakland Athletics organization and may not yet be conditioned to pitch a high volume of innings.

Capra walked two and allowed a single in the fourth but Kansas City left the bases loaded in his 30-pitch inning. After retiring the first two batters of the fifth, Capra allowed three straight extra-base hits that added up to two runs and Capra’s demise. He was relieved with a runner on third, who eventually scored the go-ahead run.

Wichita seemed to be trying to conserve its bullpen, neglecting to use left-hander Nick Walters against Kansas City’s lefties in important 12th-inning situations. Walters was eventually used when Simon couldn’t escape the 12th.

Jones, who played briefly in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves, proved the Wingnuts’ foil on Thursday. He had four hits, driving in Kansas City’s first run with a fifth-inning double and singling to fuel the 12th.

Kansas CityWichita
Bass cf6 010Khoury ss5010
Goodwin ss6 220Carillo 3b5000
Jones lf5241Rodriguez dh4111
Sadler rf6 121Avila 1b5000
Coleman c4111Perez 2b5220
Cruz 3b5012Peralta rf5000
Mense 1b4011McDonald lf4011
Trettel dh5000Marioka c4011
Helms 2b6000Conroy cf4000
Totals 476126Totals41363

Kansas City000030000003 6

E— Peralta (3), Simon (1). LOB— Kansas City 12, Wichita 4. DP— Kansas City 1. 2B— Jones 2 (16), Sadler (6), Perez 2 (2). 3B — Goodwin (2). HR — Rodriguez (10). SF — Mense (3).

Grening8 1/36 3325
Kent W, 3-22 2/300003
Mehlich S (4)100001

Capra4 2/363323
Nadeau1 1/330011
Simon L, 1-41 1/333114

HBP — by Baker (Coleman). WP — Grening 2, Capra. Umpires — home, Andrew Carroll; first, Rich Gunton; third, Bryan Childe. T — 3:36. A — 2,704.

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