Boshers throws gem against Salina
Alex Boshers tossed the Wichita Wingnuts first nine-inning complete game shutout since 2013, as the Wingnuts shutout the Salina Stockade 6-0 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Monday night.
Salina (1-10) put together three straight two-out singles in the top of the first, but Harrison Kain threw out Daniel Aldrich trying to score from second to end the frame and keep the Stockade off the board.
The Stockade threatened again in the third, as Logan Trowbridge led off the frame with a triple into the right field corner. One out later, Boshers (2-1) issued his lone walk of the night, but then induced the second of three double plays turned behind him to once again escape trouble.
After giving up a one-out single to Jesse Baker in the fourth, the final hit of the night for the Stockade, Boshers retired the next eight in a row and 15 of the next 16. A hit batter and a failed fielder’s choice in the ninth provided the last threat for Salina, but a ground out off the bat of Brad Cuyos sealed the deal on Boshers’ third career complete game.
The Wingnuts (6-5) grabbed the first lead of the night in the home half of the first. With two outs and two on, Matt Chavez delivered an RBI single to collect his team-leading 13th RBI of the season and give Wichita a 1-0 edge.
Wichita added two more to the lead in the second. Martin Medina and Richard Prigatano opened the inning with back-to-back doubles to make it 2-0, and Prigatano then came around after stealing third on a sacrifice fly by Leo Vargas to push the lead to three.
Prigatano and Vargas were at it again for the Wingnuts in the third, as the pair each picked up their second RBI of the evening to stretch the advantage to five.
The Wingnuts added one more insurance tally in the eighth, as Kain drove home Medina with a two-out double.
The shutout is the Wingnuts first of the 2017 season. The complete game shutout for Boshers was the first nine-inning complete game shutout for Wichita since Chris Smith blanked the Grand Prairie AirHogs during the 2013 playoffs. Ryan Hinson had the most recent regular season nine-inning complete game shutout for Wichita prior to Monday night, accomplishing the feat on July 6, 2013 against Amarillo.
The Wingnuts and Stockade continue their four-game set Tuesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Wichita will send veteran southpaw Charlie Leesman (1-0, 0.00) to the hill, while Salina will counter with righty TJ Looney (0-1, 6.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 1410 AM/93.9 FM KGSO, TuneIn and www.americanassociationbaseball.tv.