Alex Boshers Skewers AirHogs; Wichita Wingnuts Win 10-2
After two tough outings early in June, Wichita Wingnuts right-hander Alex Boshers continues his return to the same dominance he displayed last season. Monday night he took on the Texas AirHogs and allowed a lone unearned run, his second straight outing of only allowing one run, as the Wingnuts won 1-2. Richard Prigatano drove in 3-runs and Brent Clevlen drove in 2, while Brennen Salgado scored 3-runs to lead the Wichita offense.
This was a game that the Wingnuts dominated from the start. After Boshers retired Texas in order in the top of the first, then Wichita took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Harrison Kain led off the frame, falling behind 0-2 before working the count full. He then drilled his second home run of the season over the left field wall to put Wichita up 1-0.
Texas looked to get that run back right away in the top of the second when they put runners on first and second with just one down. However, Boshers got two ground ball outs to end the threat and keep his team on top.
The Wingnuts responded by increasing the lead to three in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Chavez and Brennen Salgado led off with back-to-back singles. Austin Kubitza retired the next two batters, but Leo Vargas delivered a clutch two-out triple to the wall in left-center to make it 3-0.
In the fourth, the Wichita Wingnuts would take a commanding lead. American Association Player of the Week Christian Stringer walked to start the inning and Brent Clevlen followed with a base hit into left that moved Stringer to third. T.J. Mittelstaedt grounded into a fielder’s choice that put him at first, with Stringer scoring on the play. He stole second and moved to third on a base hit by Salgado. Martin Medina then lined a ball to the wall in left-center that he legged in for a double. Mittelstaedt scored with Salgado taking third. Richard Prigatano then singled up the middle to score both runners and it was 7-0 Wichita.
In the fourth, they added one more run. Kain walked to start the inning and Stringer followed by lining a single into right field. That hit moved his average above .300, the seventh Wingnuts hitter in the starting lineup to reach that plateau. A sacrifice fly by Clevlen plated Kain and it was 8-0.
In the fifth, Texas would finally get on the board. Trevor Sealey singled with two outs and moved to third when Casio Grider reached on an error. Sealey came home on a single by Jake Taylor to make it 8-1.
The Wingnuts scored single runs in the sixth and seventh. Stringer walked with one down in the sixth and scored on a double by Clevlen. In the seventh, Salgado and Medina started off the inning with back-to-back walks and Salgado scored on a single by Prigatano.
Following a 30-minute rain delay, Texas would add one more run in the ninth against Jared Wilson. Back-to-back singles by Charley Thurber and Beamer Weems started the inning, and Thurber scored on a two-out single by Sealey. That made it 10-2 which would be the final.
Alex Boshers (5-2) earned the victory, allowing 6-hits and a walk in 8-innings of work. Brennen Salgado was 2-3 with 3-runs scored. Richard Prigatano had 3-hits and 3-RBI, and Brent Clevlen had 2-hits and 2-RBI. Trevor Sealey led that AirHogs offense by going 2-5 with a run and RBI.
These two teams continue their four-game set tomorrow. Wichita sends Ryan Kussmaul (4-2, 3.37) against James Russell (2-1, 2.40). Game time is set for 7:05.
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By Robert Pannier