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Ziegler hits for cycle in Wingnuts’ 18-5 win

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 11:11 p.m.

C.J. Ziegler hit for the cycle, sparking the Wingnuts to an 18-5 victory over the RailCats on Wednesday night in Gary, Ind.

Ziegler started the onslaught with a solo home run in the first inning —his league-leading 27th homer of the season — as Wichita scored three times in the first inning. Ziegler hit a two-run triple during a four-run third inning to give the Wingnuts a 7-0 lead. In the fourth Ziegler failed to get a hit, but he reached base on an error, and he grounded out in the sixth. Ziegler walked leading off the seventh, then later in the inning doubled as the Wingnuts put up six runs. He completed the cycle with a single in the ninth inning.

Ziegler’s feat was a part of a 23-hit attack for the Wingnuts. Every starter had at least one hit. Brent Clevlen hit three doubles, and John Rodriguez and David Amberson each added three hits including a double.

The win put the Wingnuts 8 1/2 games ahead of the second-place RailCats in the American Association Central Division. Wichita has 11 games remaining in the regular season.

WichitaGary
abrhbiabrhbi
Khoury ss5320Klein lf3010
Kahaullio 2b3111Babineau lf2110
Beaird lf1110Massaro dh5120
Rodriguez dh6132Kolb 3b3221
Ziegler 1b6344Vitters 3b1010
Clevlen cf3332Maddox c4122
Sing Chow cf3110Fronk 1b4011
Nieves 2b-3b6111Guerrero rf4000
Armstrong c4220Martinez cf4031
Bowden c1000Mitchell ss2000
Amberson rf5133Brockett ss1000
McDonald 3b-lf5123Liles 2b4000
Totals48182316Totals375135

Wichita30410360118
Gary0001031005

E — Ziegler (15), Mitchell (17), Liles (2). DP — Wichita 2, Gary 2. LOB — Wichita 15, Gary 6. 2B — Beaird (5), Rodriguez (25), Ziegler (28), Clevlen 3 (19), Nieves (22), Amberson (8), McDonald (19), Kolb (14) Maddox (12). 3B — Ziegler (1). HR — Ziegler (27). SF — Rodriguez (5). SB — Khoury (22), Clevlen (11), Nieves (14), Amberson (10).

WichitaIPHRERBBSO
Guerra W,9-4694419
Bennett131100
Holdzkom210000

Gary IP H R ER BB SO
Zeller L,0-13 1/378634
Sewitt3 2/3129962
Fontana241111

HBP — Amberson (by Zeller). WP — Guerra, Zeller 2, Fontana. PB — Maddox.Umpires—Home, Steve Linton; first, Anthony Sheets; third, Joe Stegner.

T — 3:20. A — 2,815.

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