Wichita Wingnuts

Explorers beat Wingnuts in 10 innings in playoff opener

Ino Patron’s 10th-inning single off Frankie Reed drove in Tommy Mendonca with the winning run as Sioux City beat the Wingnuts 6-5 in the opening game of the American Association playoffs on Wednesday night in Sioux City, Iowa.

Reed struck out Ralph Hernandez to start the 10th, then allowed Mendonca to double on a 1-2 pitch before Patron hit the game-winning single.

The Wingnuts put two runners on to start the ninth but failed to score, and had a runner on second with two outs in the 10th but didn’t get him home.

The Explorers scored a run in the first and two more in the fourth off Wichita starter Tim Brown to take a 3-0 lead.

The Wingnuts scored all five of their runs in the fifth. Brent Clevlen and T.J. Mittelstaedt hit singles to start the inning. After Matt Chavez struck out, Nick Van Stratten his a double that drove in Clevlen. Harrison Kain walked to load the bases, the Martin Medina hit a run-scoring single, and Van Stratten also scored during an error on the play. After Leo Vargas hit into a forceout, Christian Stringer hit a two-run single.

The second game of the best-of-five series is Thursday night in Sioux City.

Wichita

ab

r

h

bi

Sioux City

ab

r

h

bi

Stringer 2b

3

0

2

2

Robinson lf

4

0

0

1

Cox 3b

6

0

1

0

Lang rd

5

1

4

1

Clevlen dh

5

1

2

0

Samson ss

4

1

1

1

Mittlstt lf

5

1

1

0

Washngtn dh

4

0

2

0

Chavez 1b

6

0

1

0

Colwell cf

4

0

1

0

VnStrtn rf

5

1

2

1

Henriquez c

5

0

1

0

Kain cf

4

0

1

0

Mendonca 3b

4

2

2

0

Medina c

4

1

1

1

Patron 1b

4

2

3

2

Vargas ss

4

1

0

0

Johns 2b

3

0

0

0

Totals

42

5

11

4

Totals

37

6

14

5

Wichita

000

050

000

0

5

Sioux City

100

211

000

1

6

E— Devin, Samson, Colwell, Mendonca. DP— Wichita 1. LOB— Wichita 15, Sioux City. 2B— Chavez, Van Stratten, Washington, Mendonca, Patron. 3B — Lang. SF — Robinson, Samson. S — Mendonca, Johns. SB — Stringer, Clevlen, Mittelstaedt, Medina. CS — Lang.

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Brown

4

9

4

4

3

1

Devine

2

2

1

0

0

0

Pardo

1

0

0

0

0

1

Nading

1

0

0

0

0

1

Johnson

1

1

0

0

0

1

Reed L,0-1

 1/3

2

1

1

0

1

Sioux City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Escanio

4 1/3

6

3

3

4

7

Francescon

2 2/3

2

2

2

1

2

Wort W,1-0

3

3

0

0

1

4

HBP — by Escanio (Stringer), by Wort (Stringer). WP — Johnson, Escanio.

T— 3:57. A— 542.

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