Tuesday night’s matchup between Patrick Mincey and Tim Brown was one of the best pitchers’ duels of the season. The two starters were absolutely brilliant, but Mincey proved to be just a little better, shutting down the Wichita Wingnuts bats for seven innings to lead the Cleburne Railroaders to a 2-1 victory. Nick Van Stratten had two-hits and scored a run, and Winston Abreu recorded his 23rd save of the season.
For the first five innings of this game, neither team had an answer for the opposing starter. Tim Brown only found himself in trouble in the second when he gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame. However, he did a masterful job of getting out of it, striking out Alex Polston for the first out of the inning, then inducing back-to-back ground ball outs to end the frame and keep the game scoreless.
Patrick Mincey gave up a two-out hit in the first, then retired the next eight batters he faced. Through the first five innings of the game, the right-hander had allowed just two-hits, both to Brent Clevlen.
In the top of the sixth, the Cleburne Railroaders would finally breakthrough. With one down, Mitch Glasser shot a ball down the right field line and into the corner. He raced into second standing up. Brown got Nick Van Stratten to fly out, but Geraldo Valentin delivered a clutch base hit into left that scored Glasser to give the Railroaders the 1-0 lead.
In the eighth, Cleburne extended their lead to two. Van Stratten doubled with one down and moved to third on a wild pitch. With two down, Laetten Galbraith singled to center to score Van Stratten to make it 2-0.
Mincey had blanked the Wingnuts through the first seven innings of the game but, in the bottom of the eighth, Wichita finally got on the board. With one down, Brennen Salgado drilled a shot down the right field line that just cleared the wall for his fifth home run of the season.
Patrick Mincey (9-8) came out after 8-innings. He allowed 5-hits and a run, while striking out 6.
In the ninth, Winston Abreu came on looking for his 23rd save. The Cleburne pitcher walked the first two batters on the frame on eight straight pitches, and a wild pitch made it first and third with no one out. However, Abreu got two shallow fly outs to right to hold the runners before getting a fly ball to left to end the game.
Nick Van Stratten was 2-4 with a run scored and Geraldo Valentin was 2-3 with an RBI. Brent Clevlen led the Wichita offense, going 3-3 with a walk.
Game 2 of the three-game series is set for Wednesday night. Alex Boshers (10-4, 3.92) goes for Wichita. He will be opposed by Laetten Galbraith (3-1, 3.05). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
Featured Image by Ed Bailey
By Robert Pannier