The Wichita Wingnuts (44-32) lost 7-4 to the Lincoln Saltdogs (31-45) at Haymarket Park on Tuesday night.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Jimmy Rohan hit a solo home run to left field that put the Saltdogs on the board first. After singles by David Espinosa and Stephen Holdren, Mike Provencher hit a three-run shot to left-center to make it 4-0.
Lincoln added three unearned runs in the bottom of the second. With runners on second and third and two outs, Espinosa reached first on an error charged to Wingnuts' starting pitcher Chris Cummins. Miguel Chacoa scored Lincoln's fifth run on the play, which led to back-to-back two-out singles from Holdren and Provencher.
Down 7-0, the Wingnuts scored their first run of the series in the top of the third on an RBI single to right from Mike Conroy.
In the top of the fifth, John Rodriguez ripped a two-out, RBI single to right field that cut the lead to 7-2. After Mark Wagner reached first on an infield single, Greg Porter lined a two-out, two-run double off the left-center field fence to pull Wichita within three runs. The comeback ultimately fell short with the Wingnuts leaving a runner on second base in each of their final four team at bats.
Cummins took the loss in his professional debut. The left-hander settled in after the first two innings, and kept Lincoln off the board from the third through the sixth. Cummins allowed seven runs, four earned, on nine hits in six innings. Cummins did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Brandon Sinnery earned the win for Lincoln, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds. Sinnery walked one an struck out two.
Edgar Martinez and James Baker each worked a scoreless inning of relief for the Wingnuts.
Conroy finished with three hits and has now hit safely in eight games in a row. David Peralta singled in the top of the fourth and now has a 10-game hitting streak. Wilberto Ortiz had three hits, including two doubles.
The series concludes Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Derek Blacksher faces right-hander Justin Edwards. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.pressboxproductionsradio.com following the completion of the feature broadcast of the 78th annual NBC World Series.
The Wingnuts return home on Monday, August 13th when they host the El Paso Diablos. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com
For 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