Alex Boshers Wins Third Straight to Lead Wichita Wingnuts 4-3 Victory
The Wichita Wingnuts defense made two more errors Tuesday night, but Alex Boshers did not let that stand in the way of his third straight outstanding appearance since joining the rotation. The right-hander made another quality start to give the Wingnuts their second win of the series and third straight victory.
This was a game that the Laredo Lemurs looked like they were going to walk away with. It was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the third when the Lemurs would add three-runs. Leandro Castro singled to start the inning and moved to second on an error that put Denis Phipps at first. A walk loaded the bases and there was no one out. Boshers then got a pop out and a strike out, and it looked like the Wingnuts starter was going to get out of the inning unscathed. However, J.D. Pulfer delivered a clutch single to score both Castro and Phipps to make it 2-0. A single scored Chavez and Boshers had allowed three-runs, although all were unearned.
In the top of the fourth Wichita got a run back. A walk to Dustin Geiger and a single by Richard Prigatano put two on with one out. Harrison Kain singled to load the bases, but Prigatano was picked off second to make two outs with runners at the corners. A double by Brent Dean brought home Geiger to make it 3-1.
In the fifth, Wichita would take the lead. Danny Moskovits retired the first two hitters of the inning, but the Wingnuts put together an impressive two-out rally. Brent Clevlen singled to left and T.J. Mittelstaedt walked. Geiger then singled to score Clevlen to make it a one-run game.
Moskovits was replaced by Luis De La Cruz looking to stop the bleeding, but he did not have the proper first aid. A single by Prigatano scored Mittelstaedt, and Kain delivered a single of his own to score Geiger and give the Wingnuts the 4-3 lead.
After giving up the three-runs in the third, Boshers (3-2) allowed just two-hits over the next three-innings in delivering the outstanding outing. The right-hander was done after 6-innings, allowing 9-hits and 3-walks. This lowered his ERA to 3.38.
From there the Wingnuts bullpen really delivered a huge performance. Chase Johnson pitched a scoreless seventh, as did Chad Nading in the eighth. In the ninth, Frankie Reed gave up a walk, but he retired the side to close out his sixth save of the season.
Kain delivered his second 3-4 night in three games. He also drove in a run. Clevlen, Dean, and Prigatano rapped out two-hits apiece. Pulfer and Castro had two-hits each for Laredo.
The Wichita Wingnuts look to close out the sweep of the three-game series tomorrow night at 7:05. Ryan Kussmaul makes his first appearance for Wichita.
By Robert Pannier