Lincoln homer does in Wingnuts

08/12/2014 10:22 PM

08/13/2014 12:34 PM

Jason Van Skike was almost out of a jam he created all by himself Tuesday night, but the Wingnuts’ pitcher couldn’t escape in a 4-2 American Association loss to the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park.

In the fifth inning of a 1-1 game, Van Skike got into trouble by hitting a batter, then committed an error when the next batter tried to sacrifice the runner over.

Van Skike got two quick outs with a double play, but Lincoln followed with a Luis Nunez single and Jon Gaston three-run homer that was the difference in the game.

Van Skike gave up five hits and four runs over seven innings.

Wichita (56-25) couldn’t do much against Lincoln starter Kevin McGovern, who gave up two runs and struck out six over six innings. Brent Dean had a bases-loaded single for a fifth-inning RBI, but David Amberson and Ryan Khoury struck out to end the threat.

Brent Clevlen had Wichita’s other RBI in the sixth inning.

The Wingnuts play one final game in Lincoln on Wednesday, trying to avoid their first losing streak in 21 games. Wichita returns home to begin a seven-game homestand on Friday, taking on Grand Prairie for three games before Lincoln returns to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium for four.

Wichita

Lincoln

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Khoury ss

5

0

0

0

Forgtch lf

4

0

0

0

McClndn 3b

4

1

2

0

Nunez 2b

4

1

1

0

Espinosa 1b

3

0

1

0

Gaston cf

3

1

1

2

Clevln cf

2

0

0

1

Gac 1b

4

0

1

0

Testa lf

4

1

2

0

Joynt rf

3

1

1

1

McMrry c

4

0

0

0

Hamiltn dh

3

0

1

0

Oldham 2b

3

0

1

0

Pinckny 3b

3

0

0

0

Dean dh

4

0

2

1

Gilmrtn ss

2

1

0

0

Ambrsn rf

4

0

1

0

Andrsn c

1

0

0

0

Totals

33

2

9

2

Totals

27

4

5

3

Wichita

000

011

000

2 9 1

Lincoln

000

130

00x

4 5 1

E – Van Skike (2), Spink (2). DP – Wichita 2, Lincoln 1. LOB — Wichita 8, Lincoln 3. 2B – Dean (1), Gac (20). 3B – Espinosa (12). HR – Gaston (9), Joynt (8). HBP – Gilmartin (2) by Van Skike. SF – Clevlen (4). S – Anderson. SB – Testa 2 (21).

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Van Skike L, 9-4

7

5

4

4

1

3

Bennett

1

0

0

0

1

1

Lincoln

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

McGovern W, 3-1

6

7

2

2

1

6

Spink

2

1

0

0

2

3

Schuler S (29)

1

1

0

0

0

1

WP – McGovern (2). HB – Gilmartin by Van Skike (4). Umpires — Home, Sam Burch; 1B, Troy Solsaa; 3B, Art Thigpen.

T – 2:36. A – 2,821.

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