Brent Clevlen Delivers Fireworks as Wingnuts Win 6-5
The Fourth of July proved to have a lot of fireworks at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, but in the end it was the Wichita Wingnuts bullpen that was able to hold onto the win as the team won 6-5 over the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Brent Clevlen hit his fourth home run of the season and Seth Harvey earned his ninth save of the season to seal the victory.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes would take the lead in the first against Wichita starter Jordan Cooper. David Rohm was the second batter of the inning and hit his first home run of the season to make it 1-0.
Zach Dodson was dominant through the first three innings, allowing just one hit and he was erased on a double-play lineout. The Wingnuts seemed to have no answers, but they would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Christian Stringer walked with one down, bringing Brent Clevlen to the plate. On a 2-1 pitch, Clevlen crushed a ball over the left field wall to make it 2-1. That was his fourth home run of the year. Next up was T.J. Mittelstaedt, who drilled a ball down the line and into the right field corner. He raced around for a triple and scored on a base hit by Martin Medina to make it 3-1.
The Goldeyes responded right away in the top of the fifth. Jordan Ebert and Andrew Sohn led off with back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2. A two-out single by Reggie Abercrombie scored Sohn to tie the game at three.
The Wichita Wingnuts responded by putting up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Leo Vargas led off with a ball that he hit down the right field line. It dropped in for a single, but Rohm misplayed it, allowing the ball to roll all the way to the wall. Vargas put on the jets and kept running hard, making it all the way around to score on the three-base error. Two batters later, Stringer hit a base hit and moved to third on a double by Clevlen. A passed ball scored Stringer and moved Clevlen to third, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mittelstaedt to extend the lead to three.
In the top of the sixth, Winnipeg cut their deficit to just one. Shawn Pleffner singled to start the inning and scored when David Bergin tripled into right field. It looked like Bergin may have overslid the bag but the umpire ruled him safe. Wichita Manager Pete Rose, Jr. argued the call and was eventually ejected. Two batters later, Mason Katz hit a sacrifice fly that scored Bergin to make it 6-5.
The Wingnuts had a chance to extend their lead in the eighth when Mittelstaedt led off with a double and moved to third on a stolen base. The Goldeyes turned to Victor Capellan and he pulled the Houdini routine, getting two ground outs and a foul out to end the threat without Wichita being able to score.
In the ninth, Wichita turned to closer Seth Harvey. He retired the first batter on a ground out, then struck out the final two batters of the game for his ninth save of the season. Jordan Cooper (4-0) earned the victory.
Brent Clevlen finished 2-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBI. T. J. Mittelstaedt was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Six Winnipeg players had 2-hits in the game. That included Jordan Ebert, who raised his average to .366.
The Wichita Wingnuts clinched their eighth straight series win and look to win their eighth straight game tomorrow. The Wingnuts will send Tyler Kane (6-1, 3.08) to the hill. He will be opposed by Mikey O’Brien (4-2, 4.61). Game time is scheduled for 7:05.
By Robert Pannier