What: Three-game series between the Wingnuts and the Sioux Falls Pheasants When: May 18-20, all games at 7:05 p.m. Where: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
Records: Sioux Falls 4-0, Wingnuts 0-3
Starting pitchers: Sioux Falls: RH Ben Moore (1-0, 3.60 ERA); LH Chris Salberg (1-0, 0.00); RH Ryan Shaver (1-0, 0.00). Wingnuts: RH Nick Singleton (0-1, 7.20); RH Adam Cowart (0-0, 3.60); RH Gabe Medina (0-0, 1.80)
Who’s Hot: Sioux Falls: Joe Anthonsen (9 for 15, 2 2B vs. Lincoln); Reggie Abercrombie (6 for 15, HR, 8 RBIs vs. Lincoln); Brandon Sing (2 HR vs. Lincoln); Eddy Rodriguez (3 HR, 7 RBIs vs. Lincoln).* Wingnuts: Jeff Christy (3 for 7 vs. St. Paul); Michael Thompson (3 for 10 vs. St. Paul).
Who’s Not: Sioux Falls: Tim Hutting (3 for 13 vs. Sioux Falls). Wingnuts: Every other hitter besides Thompson and Christy.
* – Rodriguez, Sioux Falls’ catcher, is hot AND not hot. He was 3 for 13 in the season-opening series, but all of his hits were home runs. He’s actually Sioux Falls’ worst hitter so far.
Key to Wingnuts success: Pitching and hitting. Wait a minute, that’s actually really simple. So let me elaborate. The Wingnuts’ pitchers need to slow down what looks to be a pretty impressive Sioux Falls offense. The Pheasants had eight home runs in their four wins over Lincoln and averaged seven runs per game. Wichita’s hitters are still looking for their first home run and are batting .206 collectively. If it’s a slugfest, the Wingnuts will probably need to keep up by stringing a lot of hits together rather than waiting on a game-changing long ball.