St. Paul rocked the Wingnuts early, scoring five runs in the first inning and beating Wichita 6-3 on Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn., in the opening game of the second half of the season in the American Association.
All five first-inning runs against Luke Massetti came with two outs. Jason Cooper's two-run homer started the scoring, and Josh Petersen's two-run double concluded it.
Massetti gave up six hits in the first inning, but followed with six shutout innings in which he allowed four hits.
Wichita's offense finally scored in the fifth, when Josh Horn hit a two-out double and came home on Ryan Patterson's single. In the eighth, Mario Delgao and Steve Pearson knocked in runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
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Horn ss4110Alley cf3000
Patterson cf5021Carter 2b5110
Cortes rf3010Sheldon dh4000
Melian lf5110Cooper 1b4122
Delgado dh5121Krause rf4120
Christy c4010Gabriel lf4111
Pearson 1b3021Wipke c4232
Thompson 3b4000Petersen 3b3012
Ruiz 2b4000Mays ss3010
Totals37 3 10 3Totals34o6o11o6
Wichita000 010 020 —3 10 1 St. Paul500o000o01x —6 11 0
E—Ruiz (1). LOB—Wichita 11, St. Paul 8. 2B—Horn (12), Cortes (1), Delgado (12), Petersen (3). 3B—Krause (3). HR—Cooper (6), Wipke (2). SB—Carter (7).
Massetti L, 3-47105516
Schmidt W, 6-3651131
Meyer S (2) 210014
Umpires: Home,Todd Waters; First, Ryan Simmons; Third, Mike Neubeck.