Eddie Medina Remains Undefeated as Wingnuts Complete Sweep
It has been an amazing road trip for the Wichita Wingnuts, as the team easily could have gone home as winners of all nine games had it not been for three walk-off losses they suffered in the middle of the road trip. However, Wichita completed a series sweep of the Texas AirHogs, winning the final game of the series 10-6 behind Eddie Medina’s third victory of the year, and the red-hot Matt Chavez hit his fourth home run of the season to give the Wingnuts a 6-3 record on the road trip.
Texas would plate a run in the bottom of the first-inning to take the early lead. Alvaro Rondon walked and stole second. He moved to third on a ground out, and scored when Levi Scott singled into right field. That made it 1-0 AirHogs.
Wichita responded right away in the top of the second inning, plating four and taking the lead. Chavez walked to get the rally started, and scored when Brennen Salgado tripled into right-center. Two batters later, Salgado scored on a base hit by Zac Fisher, who had three hits in the contest, and the Wingnuts had the lead. A wild pitch moved Fisher to second and he scored on a base hit by Harrison Kain. Following a walk to Christian Stringer, Brent Clevlen would bring home the final run of the inning with a base hit to score Kain. Wichita led 4-1.
In the top of the fourth, the Wingnuts moved that lead to six. Fisher started the frame by doubling into the gap and moved to third on a single by Leo Vargas. A hit by pitch allowed Kain to reach and load the bases before Stringer struck out. Clevlen grounded out to score Fisher and T.J. Mittelstaedt delivered a clutch two-out double to score both Kain and Vargas to give Wichita a 7-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, each team would drive home a run. Martin Medina singled with one out and moved to second on a base hit by Fisher. Two batters later, Kain hit a sacrifice fly that scored Medina to extend the lead to seven.
The AirHogs responded in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to Rondon once again. He tripled with one out, and scored on a base hit by Ryne Willard to give Texas their second run of the game.
In the sixth, Texas added another run. Beamer Weems doubled with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch. With two down, Trevor Sealy hit a fly ball into right field that was misplayed for an error. That allowed Weems to score the unearned run.
Eddie Medina (3-0) came out after 6-innings. He allowed 6-hits and 3-runs while striking out four. Austin Boyle pitched a scoreless seventh inning before Jesse Pratt came on in the eighth. Texas would plate three against the reliever. Weems and Michael Miller each singled with one out, and both scored when Brian Ragira doubled into center field. A two-out single by Willard brought home Rigara and the AirHogs were suddenly just two runs behind.
However, the Wichita Wingnuts responded with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to extend their lead to four. Clevlen drew a walk to begin the inning and stole second base. Two batters later, Chavez hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, to make the score 10-6. Seth Harvey came on in the ninth and retired Texas in order to end the game.
Zac Fisher finished the game 3-4 with 2-runs and an RBI for Wichita. Matt Chavez was 1-4 with 2-runs, a homer, and 2-RBI. Martin Medina had two hits. Beamer Weems was 3-4 with 2-runs scored for Texas.
The Wichita Wingnuts are off tomorrow, returning home to begin a seven-game homestand starting on Monday.
By Robert Pannier