Wichita Wingnuts

Wingnuts lose late lead, fall to Lincoln

The Wingnuts faced a lot of make-or-break situations against Lincoln on Friday night and were successful in most of them.

Wichita had three two-out RBI hits and pitchers Anthony Capra and Alex Boshers tenuously guarded a slim deficit, then protected a narrow lead, over the first eight innings.

But the Wingnuts and closer Frankie Reed couldn’t hold on in the ninth, allowing two runs as Lincoln won 4-3 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Lincoln has taken the first two games of the season-opening four-game series.

Friday’s go-ahead run scored on a fielder’s choice, as the Wingnuts just missed a double play that would have kept the game tied 3-3.

“Frankie will be fine,” Wingnuts manager Pete Rose Jr. said. “I’ve loved what I’ve seen out of him since he’s been here. He’ll be back in there tomorrow if we get a chance to close it out.”

Capra allowed three baserunners in the first inning and four in the fourth but limited Lincoln to one run each time by escaping trouble with a pair of double plays. The left-hander worked around a leadoff single in the third and a leadoff walk in the fifth.

Capra’s most crucial inning, and the one suggesting he would earn a victory, was the seventh. He allowed consecutive singles to start the inning and earned a visit from Rose, who quickly encouraged Capra and left him in the game, approaching 100 pitches.

The next three batters were all retired and the Wingnuts maintained the 3-2 lead they grabbed a half-inning before.

“It’s a great mentality – he’s got a great demeanor,” Wingnuts catcher Brent Dean said. “He’s a very experienced pitcher so if he gets in trouble or strikes out the side he’s still the same guy. It’s impressive. It’s good to see someone of that caliber come out and perform.”

Dean was partly responsible for the Wingnuts taking the lead in the sixth, an achievement that he helped set up in the fourth inning. Dean’s two-out triple followed one by Harrison Kain and plated Wichita’s first run.

In the sixth, Dean singled with two outs and nobody on, then moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a Leo Vargas single. Christian Stringer drove home Vargas to give Wichita the lead.

The Wingnuts had nine two out hits – the first four didn’t lead to runs but each of the final five did. Wichita outhit Lincoln 12-9. On Thursday, the Wingnuts had 10 hits and one run.

“Even the last game and today, we’ve been really close to breaking it through,” Dean said. “Anytime you get double-digit hits and only get a couple runs, it’s tough. But I think we’re right there, we obviously have very talented veteran hitters. The experience will come through.”

Lincoln took the lead on two hits and two walks in the ninth but Wichita nearly tied it in the ninth. Dean reached third with one out following a two-base error and Vargas’ sacrifice.

Christian Stringer and Zack Cox, the top two hitters in Wichita’s lineup, grounded out and struck out to end the game.

“If you can tell me that we’ve got a runner on third with (Stringer and Cox) and the top of our lineup coming up, or anybody for that matter, I like our chances,” Rose said. “We finally got a couple of two-out hits tonight, which is great. …We’re making strides and I love what I’m seeing.”

Lincoln

Wichita

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Ibarra 3b

4

1

2

1

Stringer 2b

5

0

2

0

Colon cf

4

0

0

0

Cox 3b

4

0

2

0

CSmith 1b

5

1

3

2

Clevlen rf

4

0

2

0

Alen c

3

0

1

1

Geiger dh

4

0

1

0

Leveret dh

4

0

0

0

Mttlstdt lf

3

0

0

0

Jacobs lf

4

0

0

0

Chavez 1b

4

0

0

0

JSmith rf

2

0

0

0

Kain cf

4

1

2

0

McKenna ss

2

1

1

0

Dean c

4

1

2

1

Kelly 2b

4

1

2

0

Vargas ss

3

1

1

0

Totals

32

4

9

4

Totals

35

3

12

1

Lincoln

100

100

002

4 9 1

Wichita

000

102

000

3 12 0

E — McKenna. DP — Lincoln, Wichita 2. LOB — Lincoln 9, Wichita 8. 2B — Ibarra (1), Geiger (1). 3B — Kain (1), Dean (1). HR — CSmith (1). S — Alen, Vargas. CS — Colon (2), Stringer (1).

Lincoln

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Larkins

5 2/3

11

3

3

1

2

Zeigler

 2/3

1

0

0

0

0

Orosey

 2/3

0

0

0

0

1

Brazis W,1-0

1

0

0

0

1

0

EReed S,1

1

0

0

0

0

1

Wichita

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Capra

7

6

2

2

5

5

Boshers

1

1

0

0

0

1

FReed L,0-1

1

2

2

2

2

0

WP — Larkins. T — 2:44. A — 3,863.

Lincoln at Wingnuts

  • When: 7:05 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
  • Records: Lincoln 2-0, Wingnuts 0-2
  • Radio: KGSO, 1410-AM
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