WICHITA, Kans. (WINGNUTS) – The Wichita Wingnuts surrendered four runs in the first and could never quite come back, falling 5-4 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Sunday evening at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, sending the Championship Series to a decisive fifth game.
Maikol Gonzalez got things started for the visitors, hitting a solo homer off of Tyler Kane (0-1) two batters in to put the Goldeyes (5-4) up 1-0. After a walk, Reggie Abercrombie followed with a homer of his own, and with two down Wes Darvill plated a run with a single to put Winnipeg up by four.
After struggling to amount much of anything in the first three innings against Edwin Carl (3-0), Wichita (5-3) got to him for a two-out run in the fourth. T.J. Mittelstaedt walked, then scored after back-to-back singles, the latter by Nick Van Stratten, to put the Wingnuts on the board.
Winnipeg answered in the next half inning, as Josh Romanski brought in Willie Cabrera with an RBI single to end Kane’s night.
In the sixth, Wichita knocked Carl from the ball game, as the righty surrendered a lead-off homer to Mittelstaedt. Victor Capellan came in for Winnipeg, and gave up a two-run shot to Harrison Kain, bringing the Wingnuts within one.
Later in the frame, Wichita put two on with two down, but Eric Eadington came in to snuff out the Wingnuts threat.
The best chance for the Wingnuts to drawn even after the sixth came in the eighth, when the home team once again had to on with two down. However, Winston Abreu got an inning-ending strikeout, then worked around a two-out single in the ninth to nab his fourth postseason save.
The Wingnuts and Goldeyes wrap-up the 2016 American Association Championship Series with a decisive game five Monday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Wichita will send right-hander Alex Boshers (2-0, 3.00) to the hill, while Winnipeg will counter with southpaw Kevin McGovern (0-1, 3.64). First pitch is slated for 7:05, and the game can be heard on 1410 KGSO as well as on TuneIn.