After seeing their six game winning streak come to an end on Friday night, the Wichita Wingnuts were looking to get a whole new one underway. Thanks to the two Logans – Trowbridge and Watkins – the Wingnuts were able to take their second straight, downing the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 4-1. Trowbridge drove in two and Watkins scored two in the win, backing Travis Barnwart who tossed seven shutout innings in his fourth win of the season.
The Wichita Wingnuts would staked their starter to a lead right off, when Logan Watkins led off the game with his first home run of the season off Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter Trey McNutt.
This was an incredible pitcher’s duel, as both McNutt and Travis Banwart dominated the contest from there. After giving up the home run, McNutt retired the next eight batters he faced, striking out five of them. He allowed just two hits through the first five innings and was in complete control of this contest.
Banwart was rolling as well. He gave up a one out double in the second and then did not allow another base runner until Brennan Metzger singled with two outs in the sixth. He did not strike out a batter through the first two innings but then got on a roll, fanning nine over the next five innings, including five of the last six outs he recorded.
In the sixth, the Wingnuts would extend their lead. Hunter Clanin started the inning with a single but was thrown out trying to steal second. Watkins followed with a walk and Zach Nehrir singled to put runners at first and second with one down. Abel Nieves followed with a single up the middle that scored Watkins to make it 2-0.
Travis Barnhart (4-1) went 7-innings. He allowed 3-hits and no walks, striking out 9. Of his 96, 68 went for strikes.
Felix Carvallo came on in the eighth, and the RedHawks would immediately get on the board. Carvallo struck out the first two batters of the inning, but Tim Colwell kept it alive with a base hit. Brennan Metzger followed with a line drive double to the wall that he legged into a double. Colwell came all the way around from first to score to cut the Wingnuts lead to one.
Wichita gave themselves a little breathing room in the top of the ninth. Fernando Perez got the rally going with a single and Logan Trowbridge followed with a two-run homer, his first of the season. That made it 4-1.
In the ninth, Daniel Tillman came on looking for his 1oth save of the season. He gave up a one out double, but retired the final two batters to close it out. Tillman struck out two, giving the Wichita Wingnuts 13 on the afternoon.
Logan Watkins finished 2-4 with 2-runs and an RBI. Logan Trowbridge was 1-3 with a run, 2-RBI and a walk.
The Wingnuts cross the border to take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes in a three-game series starting Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
By Robert Pannier