The Wichita Wingnuts lost 9-4 to the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Game One of the 2013 American Association Championship Series at U.S. Steel Yard on Tuesday night.
The RailCats rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 4-3 Wingnuts' lead. Reid Fronk led off with a line drive single to right and took second on Ryan Babineau's pinch-hit line drive single to center. After Brian Kolb walked, Nick Liles drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases. Zac Mitchell was then hit by a pitch to force in the tying run. Danny Pulfer followed with a two-run double that was just fair down the right field line. Adam Klein made it 7-4 with a sacrifice fly to center field.
RBIs from Kolb and Liles in the bottom of the eighth accounted for the RailCats' final two runs.
Wichita scored first for a fourth straight postseason game in the top of the second. C.J Ziegler drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a single up the middle from Abel Nieves, and took third on Cole Armstrong's lineout to left-center. David Amberson hit a two-out, RBI double to left-center that scored Ziegler.
Gary tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Pulfer and Klein hit back-to-back doubles.
Klein drew a bases loaded, two-out walk in the top of the sixth to force in the go-ahead run. Mike Massaro followed with an infield single to third base that made it 3-1 in favor of the RailCats.
The Wingnuts re-took the lead in the top of the seventh. An Amberson infield single and a Ryan Khoury walk set up a three-run home run to left-center from Jake Kahaulelio.
James Giulietti took the loss in relief for the Wingnuts, allowing four earned runs in one-third of an inning.
Will Krout earned the win in relief for Gary SouthShore, retiring two batters over the seventh and eighth.
Junior Guerra took a no-decision in the start, allowing three earned runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds. Guerra walked two and struck out four.
Alain Quijano started for the RailCats and also took a no-decision. Quijano allowed four earned runs on seven hits in six and two-thirds. Quijano walk three and struck out five.
Amberson had four hits for the Wingnuts.
Game Two of the American Association Championship Series is Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. Chris Smith faces RailCats' right-hander Stephen Hiscock. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.pressboxproductionsradio.com
The Wingnuts host Game Three of the series on Friday, September 13th at 7:05 p.m. Wichita will also host the "if necessary" Games Four and Five on September 14th and 15th. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com
Beginning this season, fans can use cash at all points of sale in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Debit and credit cards will still be accepted.
For season tickets, group outings, or party packages, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com