Third baseman Juan Richardson tied the American Association record with six hits Saturday night, leading a 27-hit Wingnuts attack in a 19-2 victory over host El Paso.
Richardson was 6 for 6 with seven RBIs. El Paso's Juan Camacho (2007) and Fort Worth's John Allen (2010) also had six-hit games.
Wichita and Gary Southshore are tied for first in the Central with three games remaining. Gary beat St. Paul 5-2 on Saturday night. St. Paul fell a game behind the Central Division second-place team in the wild-card standings.
Richardson had the big blow in Wichita's nine-run fifth inning that sealed the game.
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Five singles and a walk in the fifth inning preceeded Richardson's grand slam. It was Richardson's 12th home run.
Richardson collected singles in the first, third and fourth innings and added doubles in the sixth and eighth innings.
Mitch Einertson had four hits and four other Wingnuts had three hits — Josh Horn, Jorge Delgado, Josh Workman and Mike Conway.
Wingnuts starter Marcos Tabata (3-0) allowed two hits over five innings, walking one and striking out two. Logan Hoch gave up one hit over two innings.
Mojica ss6321Gonzalez 2b4000
Horn ss4331Machado ss4020
Fitzgerald 2b2110Marquez dh2000
Richrdsn 3b6367Hodsdon ph1110
Rivera 1b6210Brito 1b3110
Delgado dh6131Espinsosa c2000
Einertson cf6243Deleo c2010
Workman rf5233Teilon rf4000
Bellorin c4011Joynt lf4011
Bustamnte c2000Parra 3b4010
Conroy lf6231Drew cf4000
Wichita301 291 030 — 19 El Paso000 000 002 — 2
E—Mojica, Fitzgerald. LOB—Wichita 10, El Paso 7. 2B—Mojica, Richardson 2, Workman 2. 3B—Horn. HR—Richardson. CS—Richardson, Einertson.
Rowe L,3-63 2/3116602
WP—Rowe 2. HBP—Workman by Rodriguez.
Umpires—Home, Brian Childe; Frist, Brian newman; Third, Stacy Dunbar.