The Wichita Wingnuts (38-18) beat the Sioux City Explorers (23-32) 7-2 at Lewis and Clark Park on Sunday evening.
The Wingnuts have won 10 games in a row, which now stands as the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. The team record is 11 straight wins set last year.
Anthony Capra had a dominant performance, striking out a season-high 11 batters. Capra allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings to pick up the win. Capra walked three. The left-hander retired 10 of the final 11 batters to face him.
Wichita broke through against Explorers' starter Jason Jarvis in the top of the second. With second and third and two outs, Jared McDonald battled Jarvis for nine pitches, including three consecutive foul balls with a full count. On the ninth pitch of the at bat, McDonald slugged a three-run home run to right-center field for the game's first runs.
Sam Judah hit a two-out, solo home run to left in the bottom of the second, but the Wingnuts re-extended the lead in the top of the fourth. Jake Kahaulelio was hit by a pitch leading off. John Rodriguez followed with a long, two-run home run to left-center that opened up a 5-1 lead.
Sioux City's final run came in the bottom of the fourth when Bryan Pounds walked with the bases loaded and two outs.
Wichita scored their sixth run in the top of the fifth inning on a C.J. Ziegler double play with first and third and no outs. Anthony Kaskadden's throwing error on a Rodriguez groundball to second led to Wichita's final run in the top of the ninth.
Josh Stone, Lincoln Holdkom, and Daniel Bennett combined for three shutout relief innings in support of Capra.
Jarvis took the loss, allowing six earned runs on eight hits over seven innings. Jarvis walked three and struck out three. In his previous three outings against the Wingnuts, Jarvis had thrown three complete games without allowing an earned run. Each effort halted a Wingnuts' winning streak of five or more games.
The road series continues Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Chris Smith faces left-hander Richard Salazar. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.pressboxproductionsradio.com
The Wingnuts return home on Thursday, July 18th when they host the Lincoln Saltdogs. 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