Wichita Wingnuts

Wingnuts pitching continues to lead the way

Bouncing back was the theme in the Wingnuts’ 4-1 victory Thursday night over Winnipeg at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Wichita starter Anthony Capra, knocked out in his previous start against Joplin, scattered five hits over six innings, walking one and striking out five. Even after giving up a first-inning solo homer to Casey Haerther, Capra and manager Kevin Hooper weren’t worried.

“We always talk about how solo home runs aren’t going to beat you on a typical night,” Hooper said. “When he came into the dugout after the first, I told him, ‘That’s all right. That’s all they’re getting tonight.’ And he stuck up to that.

“Three nights in a row we’ve pitched well and scored enough runs to win a game. If we keep pitching like we are, we’re going to give ourselves a chance every night.”

Capra echoed Hooper’s thoughts.

“Obviously, the home run stings a little bit, but it was a solo shot, and those usually don’t hurt you,” Capra said. “I knew I had to get in there and lock in. I wasn’t worried about it, I was more mad about the pitch selection, but it was a pretty good night overall.”

Not to be overshadowed was catcher John Nester. After striking out in the first with the bases loaded on walks by Winnipeg starter Jonathan Cornelius, Nester drove in the go-ahead run in the third on an infield single to deep short.

“I just tried to battle with two strikes and put it in a decent spot, and it worked out for us,” said Nester, in his first year with the Wingnuts (5-1). “It’s always going to come back to you at some point. It’s a long game, a long season, so you’ve just got to keep grinding it out and not get down when things don’t go your way right off the bat.”

Wingnuts closer Matt Nevarez surrendered a single to Haerther and a double to Nic Jackson opening the ninth inning, but then struck out Josh Mazzola, Aaron Baker and Brett Krill to earn his second save.

Wichita pitchers were in control, starting with Capra’s six strong innings. Every time Winnipeg (3-4) threatened, the Wingnuts managed to turn them away. In fact, Haerther’s homer was the Goldeyes’ only run in the three-game series.

”Any time we can cross the plate, it’s precious,” Hooper said. “Any time we can score runs, with the pitching staff we have and the way we play defense, we’re going to give ourselves a good opportunity.”

In the meantime, Wichita managed enough offense, paced by two hits apiece from Luis Hernandez – who drove in two of the Wingnuts’ runs – Alberto Gonzalez and Brent Dean.

Gonzalez walked leading off the third, and T.J. Mittelstaedt smacked a double to the right-center field wall. Mittelstaedt took third on Dustin Geiger’s flyout to right, and came home on Nester’s ball to deep short.

Winnipeg

Wichita

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Grider 2b

4

0

2

0

Hernandz 2b

5

0

2

2

Heisler cf

4

0

0

0

Gonzalez ss

3

1

2

0

Haerther 1b

4

1

3

1

Mittelstdt 3b

3

1

1

1

Jackson lf

4

0

1

0

Geiger 1b

3

0

0

0

Mazzola 3b

4

0

0

0

Espinosa rf

3

0

0

0

Baker dh

3

0

1

0

Nester c

4

0

1

1

Krill rf

4

0

2

0

Dean lf

4

1

2

0

Boyer ss

3

0

0

0

Ray cf

2

1

1

0

Alen c

3

0

0

0

Oldham dh

3

0

0

0

Totals

33

1

9

1

Totals

30

4

9

4

Winnipeg

100

000

000

1 9 0

Wichita

012

000

01x

4 9 0

LOB — Winnipeg 6, Wichita 10. 2B — Jackson (1), Hernandez (5), Mittelstaedt (1), Dean (1), Ray (2). HR — Haerther (1). S — Ray. CS — Grider (1), Baker (1), Oldham (1).

Winnipeg

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Cornelius L,0-1

3 2/3

5

3

3

5

4

Smith

2

1

0

0

1

2

Rivera

1 1/3

1

0

0

1

3

Aguilar

1/3

1

1

1

0

0

Waite

2/3

1

0

0

0

0

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Capra W,1-1

6

5

1

1

1

5

Kuzminsky

1

2

0

0

0

2

Bennett

1

0

0

0

0

1

Nevarez S,2

1

2

0

0

0

3

Umpires — Home, Tyler Thurmond; first, Bryan Childe; third, Chantz Wilson.

T — 2:58. A — 2,030.

Grand Prairie at Wingnuts

When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Records: Grand Prairie 3-4, Wingnuts 5-1

Radio: KWME, 92.7-FM

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