Tyler Kane Dominates Again in Leading Wichita Wingnuts to 7-1 Victory
As the Wichita Wingnuts roll toward their seventh straight South Division title, the team is trying to figure out exactly what their starting rotation will look like come playoff time. Right-hander Tyler Kane is making it clear that he should have one of those spots, making his third straight dominant appearance against likely playoff foes, this time tossing seven outstanding innings in downing the Kansas City T-Bones, 7-1. Christian Stringer had 4-hits, 2-runs, and 2-RBI, and Brent Clevlen added his eighth home run of the year in the victory.
Kane entered the contest winner of his last seven decisions. In his last start (August 9) he dominated the Lincoln Saltdogs, the team with the American Association’s top record, allowing 2-runs in 7-innings of work. In his last outing, he tossed 1.2-innings of scoreless relief against the North Division leading Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Tuesday night was his shot at the Wild Card leading Kansas City T-Bones. The Wichita starter was looking for his third win against the T-Bones this season and his offense got him off to a good start, scoring 2-runs in each of the first three frames.
Gabe Perez started for Kansas City and found himself in trouble right off. In the bottom of the first, Christian Stringer started the frame off with a base hit into right. Perez retired Martin Medina, but veteran Brent Clevlen drilled a two-run homer over the wall in left-center to make it 2-0. That was Clevlen’s eighth homer of the season.
In the second, the Wichita Wingnuts doubled their advantage. Brennen Salgado continues his rise, singling into left field to begin the inning. Wes Phillips walked and, two batters later, Stringer brought home both runners with a double into right field to make it 4-0.
In the third, T.J. Mittelstaedt singled to start the frame and stole second, his 20th stolen base of the year. Richard Prigatano singled into right field to score Mittelstaedt to make it 5-0. The relay throw was misplayed by the first baseman, allowing Prigatano to advance to second. After stealing third, his 28th of the season, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Salgado to extend the lead to six.
Staked to a big lead early, Tyler Kane (9-1) rolled through the first five frames. He gave up a one-out hit in the first, then retired the next eight batters before giving up a one-out single in the fourth. Kansas City had just three-hits through the first five-innings, but would finally scratch out a run in the sixth. Kane retired the first two batters of the inning, but a double by Kevin Keyes kept the inning alive. Cedric Hunter followed by grounding to short, but the shortstop could not make the play for an error, scoring Keyes to make it 6-1.
Wichita got that run right back in the bottom half of the inning to extend the lead back to six. Stringer tripled with one down and came around to score on a base hit by Martin Medina. That made it 7-1, which would be the final.
Kane went 7-innings, allowing a lone unearned run off of 6-hits and a walk. He struck out 2. Alex Boshers and Mike Devine each pitched a scoreless inning to finish off the game.
Christian Stringer finished 4-5 with 2-runs scored, 2-RBI, a double and a triple. Brent Clevlen drove in 2. Kevin Keyes led the Kansas City offense, going 2-4 with a run scored.
Tomorrow’s contest should be a great matchup as Jordan Cooper (6-1, 4.00) goes against Matt Sergey (4-3, 3.58). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
By Robert Pannier