Wichita Wingnuts

Ninth-inning rally leads to Wingnuts win

Two-out hits in the ninth inning from T.J. Mittelstaedt and Alberto Gonzalez propelled the Wingnuts past the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 5-4 on Wednesday night in North Dakota.

Wichita’s David Espinosa walked with one out in a ninth-inning tie game, then John Nester struck out. Mittelstaedt singled to advance Espinosa to third base, then Gonzalez drove him in as the lead run with a single.

That helped the Wingnuts shake off the furstration of watching a 4-1 lead through four innings fade away.

Fargo climbed back into the game with two runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a triple and double, followed by an error by Wingnuts first baseman Dustin Geiger that allowed the second run to score.

Wingnuts starter Anthony Capra gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings. Daniel Carela, the second reliever out of the bullpen, got the victory with one inning of scoreless relief, and closer Matt Nevarez got his fourth save despite two ninth-inning walks.

Espinosa was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

The Wingnuts finish the series at Fargo on Thursday night before traveling to Lincoln for three games beginning Friday.

Wichita

Fargo

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Ray cf

4

1

1

0

Mozingo lf

4

1

1

1

Hrndz 2b

4

1

1

0

Salerno 2b

5

0

2

1

Espnsa rf

4

1

2

2

Muren cf

3

1

1

0

Nester c

5

0

1

0

Gartrll 1b

4

0

1

0

Mttlstdt 3b

5

0

1

0

Dngn rf

4

0

0

0

Gnzlz ss

5

0

1

0

Antonio dh

3

0

0

0

Dean lf

5

0

2

0

Staley c

2

0

0

1

Geiger 1b

3

1

2

0

Pnprse ss

4

2

2

0

Oldham dh

2

1

1

1

Ptrson

2

0

0

0

Valerio ph

0

0

0

0

Totals

37

5

12

4

Totals

31

4

7

3

Wichita

101

200

001

5 12 1

Fargo

001

021

000

4 7 1

E — Geiger, Noteware. DP – Wichita 1. LOB – Wichita 11, Fargo 7. 2B – Hernandez, Geiger, Oldham, Penprase. 3B – Mozingo. SB – Dean, Geiger. S – Hernandez, Mozingo.

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Capra

5 1/3

6

4

3

3

4

Bennett

1 2/3

1

0

0

0

1

Carela W,1-0

1

0

0

0

0

2

Nevarez S,4

1

0

0

0

2

1

Fargo

Kirk

5 2/3

9

4

4

1

5

Blough

0

0

0

0

1

0

Noteware

2

1

0

0

2

1

Kelley

1 1/3

2

1

1

3

0

HBP – Staley by Bennett. T – 3:21. A – 2,760.

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