The Wichita Wingnuts finished off their seven-game exhibition schedule on Monday afternoon with a 10-2 win over the Gary SouthShore Railcats at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The Wingnuts used three separate big innings to tally double-digits on the scoreboard for the second straight day against RailCat pitching.
Gary was able to scratch first against Wingnuts’ starter Tim Brown. Danny Pulfer led off the game with a base hit and proceeded to steal second base. He would score when the following batter, Cody Bishop, singled him home.
The Wingnuts were able to respond in a big way in the bottom of the inning. Taylor Oldham was walked to start the frame and stole second base. Two batters later, Brent Clevlen also walked and then the pair executed a double steal to put two in scoring position. J.T. Wise tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field before RailCats’ starter Edwin Walker issued two more free passes to load the bases. That set the stage for Jose Roman, who cleared the base paths with a three-RBI double and put Wichita ahead 4-1.
The hot bats struck again in the third inning as Wise followed a leadoff walk by Clevlen with a 2-run blast to left field. Dillon Hazlett tripled in the ensuing at bat and two outs later scored on an RBI single by Carlo Testa. After the dust settled the lead had ballooned to 7-1.
Wichita would tack on three more insurance runs during a three-hit eighth inning. After Oldham reached via an error to start things and then stole second base, Mike McCarthy brought him home with a single. Hazlett also singled and then Roman came up big again. With two strikes against him, the lefty ripped a single through the right side, scoring two more and pushing the advantage to 10-1.
Meanwhile, the Wingnuts’ combination of relievers Jason Van Skike, Erik Lambe, Daniel Bennett, and Jack Wagoner was holding the RailCats offense off the board. The four pitchers combined for 5.0 scoreless, hitless innings and three strikeouts. Gary managed to put their final run on the board against Patrick Mincey in the top of the ninth.
Roman led the way with a 3-5 afternoon and five RBI. Other major contributors included Wise, who drove in three and Hazlett, who scored three runs in the ballgame.
The seventh season of Wichita Wingnuts baseball begins Thursday, May 15th against the Grand Prairie Airhogs at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.