Wichita 8, Grand Prairie 2 (Game 2 – 8 Innings) — Box
It took an extra frame, but the Wichita Wingnuts bounced back to win the second game of their Sunday doubleheader 8-2 over the Grand Prairie AirHogs. The AirHogs won the first game 1-0.
The Wingnuts took the lead in the fifth inning when DH Taylor Oldham hit a two-run homerun to break the scoreless tie. Oldham finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBI. That lead wouldn’t last as the AirHogs scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning on a double from 1B Andres Rodriguez. The game was scheduled for seven innings but that wasn’t enough to decide a winner so the game moved to the eighth and that’s when the Wichita bats really came to life.
1B Carlo Testa got things going with a solo homerun and then two batters later CF Brent Clevlen hit a two-run blast to put the Wingnuts up by three. Oldham doubled in a pair of runs later in the frame and then scored when Testa was hit by a pitch. When the dust settled on the top of the eighth, Wichita had registered six runs on five hits. Reliever Matt Nevarez came in to the game in the bottom of the eighth and struck out the side to close out the game.
Kansas City 7, Laredo 6 — Box
After falling behind early the Kansas City T-Bones battled back to take the lead and then held off a late charge to beat the Laredo Lemurs 7-6.
Laredo’s 2B Travis Denker opened things up with an RBI double in the first inning and then he scored along with SS Devin Goodwin on a double from 1B Gerardo Avila to put the Lemurs up 3-0. Denker and Goodwin each went 2-for-4 in the game. The T-Bones took the lead with a three-run inning of their own in the third. LF David Espinosa tripled in a pair of runs and then scored on a single from 2B Danny Richar. Richar had a game-high three hits and three RBI.
The T-Bones stretched the lead out to 7-3 after the sixth inning but the Lemurs started fighting their way back into the game. Laredo put up a pair of runs in the seventh and another on a wild pitch in the eighth but couldn’t complete the comeback. Starting pitcher Rick Zagone picked up the win after working 6.1 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and reliever Jared Messer earned the save as he sat down the Lemurs in order in the top of the ninth.