Wichita Wingnuts

Wingnuts beat Goldeyes 5-3, need one more win for title

Wingnuts shortstop Leo Vargas turns a double play earlier in the American Association championship series.
Wingnuts shortstop Leo Vargas turns a double play earlier in the American Association championship series. Correspondent

The Wingnuts moved within one game of winning the American Association championship series, beating the Goldeyes 5-3 on Sunday in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Wichita has two chances to clinch the best-of-five series in Winnipeg. Game 4 is 7:05 p.m. Monday; if needed, Game by will be 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Five straight Wingnuts batters reached base with two outs in the eighth inning, leading to three runs that put Wichita on top.

Christian Stringer started the rally with a single, then Mitch Medina walked. Brent Clevlen’s single drove home Stringer to make it 3-3, T.J. Mittelstaedt’s single scored Medina with the go-ahead run, then Matt Chavez drove home Clevlen with another single.

Winnipeg scored two in the first off Wingnuts starter Jordan Cooper, and tacked on a run in the fourth.

Wichita scored single runs in the fifth on a homer by Richard Prigatano, and the sixth when a double by Mittelstaedt knocked in Stringer.

Cooper went six innings and held the Goldeyes to four hits. Josh Goosen-Brown and Mike Devine each pitched a scoreless inning, then Ryan Kussmaul worked the ninth for the save.

Find Sunday’s box score here.

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