Wichita Wingnuts

Wingnuts top Lincoln behind Nester’s HR

Wichita Wingnuts catcher John Nester hit a solo home run to lift Wichita to a 4-2 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs in Lincoln.

Wichita’s David Espinosa went 2 for 4 with one RBI.

Jason Van Skike (2-0 was the winning pitcher for the Wingnuts, going seven innings while giving up eight hits and striking out two.

The Wingnuts acquired infielder Matt Padgett from the Laredo Lemurs on Friday in exchange for pitcher Omar Bencomo. Wichita also received pitcher Byron Minnich as the transaction that completes an offseason deal that sent Chase Johnson to Sioux Falls. Padgett, 37, has 205 career minor-league home runs in more than 1,800 games.

Wichita

Lincoln

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Ray cf

3

1

0

0

Forgatch lf

5

0

1

1

Gonzal ss

4

1

2

0

Joynt rf

5

0

0

0

Espinosa rf

4

0

2

1

Gaston cf

4

0

1

0

Padgett dh

4

1

1

0

Ziegler 3b

4

0

1

0

Nester c

4

1

1

1

Smith dh

4

0

0

0

Mittelst 3b

4

0

1

0

Canham c

4

1

1

0

Dean lf

4

0

1

0

Hamilt 1b

3

0

1

0

Geiger 1b

3

0

0

1

Gillm ss

4

0

2

0

Hernandez 2b

3

0

1

0

Young 2b

3

1

1

1

Totals

33

4

9

3

Totals

36

2

8

2

Wichita

010

001

110

4

Lincoln

010

100

000

2

E — Geiger, Van Skike, Ziegler, Varce. 2B—Gonzalez, Gaston. HR—Nester. SF—Geiger. SB—Dean.

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Van Skike (W, 2-0)

7

8

2

1

0

2

Carela

1

0

0

0

0

0

Nevarez

1

0

0

0

2

2

Lincoln

Varce (L, 0-2)

6.1

7

3

1

0

6

Melendez

1.2

1

1

1

1

0

Arnezon

1

0

0

0

1

0

T – 3:04. Att.—3,721. Umpires: Stegner, Feaster 1B, Goluba 3B

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