Matt Chavez Drives in 6, Tyler Kane Wins 6th in 13-3 Victory
The Wichita Wingnuts made their first trip to Cleburne, Texas on Friday night and proved to be quite inhospitable guests. The Wingnuts downed the Railroaders as Matt Chavez drove in six runs and both Martin Medina and Brennen Salgado drove in three apiece in the 13-3 victory. The offensive onslaught helped to earn Tyler Kane his sixth win of the season.
After a scoreless first inning, both teams would score a run in the second. T.J. Mittelstaedt led off the top of the second with a walk against Wander Perez. That gave Mittelstaedt the franchise record for walks. Matt Chavez then walked, and both runners moved up on a stolen base. Two batters later, Brennen Salgado lined a two-out single into right that scored Mittelstaedt and the Wingnuts were ahead 1-0.
Cleburne responded right away in the bottom of the first, as Blake Grant-Parks singled and moved to second on an error. A sacrifice bunt moved him to third before Brandon Tierney walked to put runners at the corners with one out. James Land delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Grant-Parks to tie the game.
In the top of the third, Wichita retook the lead. Harrison Kain doubled to start the inning and Christian Stringer followed with a base hit. Kain rounded third trying to score but was gunned down at the plate on a fantastic throw by Grant-Parks. Stringer then stole both second and third base, putting him 90 feet away with two outs in the inning. After a walk to Mittelstaedt, Chavez lined a single into left, scoring Stringer and putting Wichita up by one. Martin Medina followed by lining a ball to the wall in center, scoring both runners on the triple. That made it 4-1.
In the top of the fourth, the Wingnuts added three more runs. Kain singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Stringer. Clevlen walked to load the bases and two batters later Chavez singled again, plating two runs to make it 6-1. A base hit by Medina extended the lead to six.
In the sixth, the Wichita Wingnuts would add three more runs with one swing of the bat. Back-to-back singles by Clevlen and Mittelstaedt started out the inning, and Chavez followed by drilling an 0-2 pitch for his eighth home run of the season. That made it 10-1.
In the seventh, the lead became 10. An error allowed Leo Vargas to reach base. After a single by Zac Fisher moved Vargas to third, he would score on a wild pitch to make it 11-1.
Cleburne would get two of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Land doubled with one out and KC Huth followed by drawing a walk. Two batters later, Axel Johnson doubled to bring home both runners. That cut the deficit to eight.
The Wingnuts responded with two runs of their own in the top of the eighth. With two down, Richard Prigatano finally got his name on the score sheet, singling to keep the inning alive, and he scored when Salgado hit his fourth home run of the season over the right field fence. That made it 13-3, which would be the final.
While the Wingnuts offense was putting up big numbers, Tyler Kane (6-1) was keeping the Railroaders bats under control. The Wichita starter allowed 6-hits and an unearned run in 6-innings. He struck out 4.
The Wichita offense had 18-hits, led by Matt Chavez, who was 3-4 with 2-runs scored and 6-RBI. Christian Stringer was 3-4 with 2-runs scored and both Martin Medina and Brennen Salgado had 2-hits and 3-RBI. T.J. Mittelstaedt scored 3-runs for Wichita. The Railroaders offense was led by Axel Johnson, who had 2-hits and 2-RBI.
These two teams continue their three-game series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:06.
By Robert Pannier