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Wingnuts take 2-0 lead in playoffs behind Smith’s shutout

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013, at 10:43 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Sep. 6, 2013, at 7:03 a.m.

Chris Smith pitched a three-hit shutout, leading the Wingnuts to a 6-0 win over the AirHogs on Thursday night in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The win gave Wichita a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American Association playoff series. Game 3 is Friday night in Wichita.

Smith, a 32-year-old right-hander, limited Grand Prairie to three hits. He retired 12 consecutive batters at one point. His only previous career shutout came in a seven-inning game in 2006 while pitching in Double-A for the Portland Sea Dogs.

Ryan Khoury and Jared McDonald each had three of Wichita’s 13 hits, and each player scored twice. Jake Kahaulelio drove in three runs.

The Wingnuts took a 1-0 lead in the third when Khoury drove in McDonald, then made 9t 2-0 in the fourth when Cole Armstrong knocked in Brent Clevlen. Wichita added two runs in the fourth, and singles runs in the seventh and ninth innings.

WichitaGrand Prairie
Khoury ss4231Pinckney 2b4000
Kahaullio 2b4023ARdriguez 1b2010
JRdriguez dh4021Karr dh4010
Ziegler 1b4000Newell lf3000
Clevlen cf4120Flores c4000
Nieves 3b4000Mozingo rf4000
Armstrong c4010Jimenez 3b3010
Amberson rf3100Kiniry cf3000
McDonald lf4230Nishimoto ss3000

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E— Mozingo (1). DP— Grand Prairie 2. LOB— Wichita 6, Grand Prairie 6. 2B — Kahaulelio (1). 3B – Clevlen (1). SF – Kahaulelio (1). SB – McDonald 2 (2). CS – J. Rodriguez (3).

Smith W,1-0930035

Grand Prairie IP H R ER BB SO
Strawn L,0-16 2/3 125511

HBP — Khoury (by Cunningham). WP –Rivera (by Benne Smith (1). PB –tt), Amberson (b Flores. Umpires –y Hildebrand). U home, Mitch Morgan; first, Mike O’Leary, second, Joe Pascuccii; third, Field Ump #3 - Art Thigpen.

T— 2:36. A— 532.

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