After dropping close contests in the first two games of this series, the Kansas City T-Bones left no doubt about who was going to be the victor Sunday, rapping out 18-hits and drawing 12-walks in the 13-2 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit and Nick Torres scored 4-runs to help lead the onslaught. Lucas Irvine tossed six outstanding for his first win of the season.
The T-Bones wanted to make sure they left no doubt, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Dylan Tice and Nick Torres delivered back-to-back singles with one out and Zach Walters drove Tice home with a base hit to right to give Kansas City the early lead. Todd Cunningham followed with a walk to load the bases, and Dexter Kjerstad plated two with an infield single. With runners at the corners, Adrian Nieto doubled into right field, scoring Cunningham, and Kjerstad came home on a single by Angel Rosa.
The Wingnuts responded with two runs in the top of the second. Fernando Perez doubled to start the frame and scored on a two run shot by Zach Nehrir. For Nehrir, it was hit first home run of the season.
Evan Sanders came on in the second for Wichita and he had some challenges trying to find the strike zone. Torres and Walters drew back-to-back walks with one down and Cunningham then walked to load the bases. A wild pitch brought Torres home and it was 6-2.
From there, the Kansas City T-Bones simply dominated this contest. In the fourth, the T-Bones would plate three to blow this game open. Walters and Cunningham drew walks to start the frame before Kjerstad was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out.
Seth Harvey came in for Sanders and stuck out Nieto, but Tucker Pennell followed with a single scoring Walters, and Rosa walked to drive home Cunningham. An infield single by Johnny Davis brought home Kjerstad and it was 9-2.
Kansas City would add two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Torres led off the seventh with a base hit and Cunningham singled two batters later. With two down, Nieto walked, and Pennell drove home two with a single to left.
An inning later, three straight walks started the inning. A sacrifice fly by Cunningham brought home Tice and a single by Nieto scored Torres to close out the scoring in the 13-2 victory.
That was far more than enough support for Lucas Irvine. The right-hander (1-0) went 6-innings, allowing 4-hits, a walk and 2-homers. He threw 57 of his 88 pitches for strikes and struck out 6.
Nick Torres led the Kansas City offense, going 2-4 with 4-runs scored and 2-walks. Tucker Pennell was 3-4 with 2-RBI.
The Wichita Wingnuts return home to begin a three game series against the St. Paul Saints on Monday night. Eddie Medina (1-0, 2.45) will go against Casey Harman (2-0, 0.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
By Robert Pannier