Avila’s homer helps Wingnuts halt four-game skid

07/07/2012 5:00 AM

07/07/2012 10:36 PM

Wingnuts newcomer Garardo Avila hit a three-run homer in the eighth to break a tie and give Wichita a 6-3 win on Saturday night in Amarillo, Texas.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak.

Avila, who joined the team Friday, homered with two outs in the eighth. The Sox had intentionally walked John Rodriguez ahead of Avila’s homer.

Avila, a first baseman, had been playing for River City in the Frontier League before coming to the Wingnuts on Friday.

Rodriguez drove in Wichita’s first two runs with a single in the third inning. Sean Smith’s sacrifice fly scored Steve Carrillo in teh fourth.

Wingnuts starter Derek Blacksher (5-2) pitched 7 1/3 innings and got the win. Matt Nevarez walked two batters but struck out three in the bottom of the ninth to record his fifth save.

Wichita Amarillo
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Khoury ss 4 1 2 0 White ss 4 0 0 0
McDonald 2b 4 1 1 0 Tucker 3b 4 0 1 0
Rodriguez dh 3 1 1 2 Opitz 2b 4 0 0 0
Avila 1b 4 1 1 3 Alberts rf 3 1 1 0
Carrillo 3b 4 1 1 0 Buschini lf 4 1 2 1
Peralta rf 4 0 1 0 Espinosa 1b 4 0 1 0
Smith cf 3 0 1 0 Lofgren dh 3 1 2 1
Freeman c 4 0 1 0 Rau pr 0 0 0 0
Conroy lf 3 1 0 0 Abeita c 4 0 0 0
Kain cf 3 0 1 0
Totals 33 6 9 6 Totals33 3 8 2
Wichita 002 100 030 6
Amarillo 010 010 100 3

LOB—Wichita 2, Amarillo 5. DP—Wichita 2. 2B—Carrillo (4), Alberts (13). 3B—Lofgren (1). HR—Avila (1). SB—Buschini (15). CS — Peralta. SF — Smith.

Wichita IP H R ER BB SO
Blacksher W,5-2 7 1/3 7 3 3 0 4
Walters 2/3 1 0 0 0 1
Nevarez S,5 1 0 0 0 2 3
Amarillo IP H R ER BB SO
Bartleski L,0-4 8 9 6 6 1 2
Povich 1 0 0 0 0 0

WP — Bartleski. PB — Freeman 2. Umpires — home, Delmont; first, Nolen; second, Howard. T —2:32. A —3,072.

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