Wingnuts Swept In Three Game Series To Winnipeg

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September 15, 2012

Winnipeg wins the series 3-0 and wins their first league championship since 1994.

The Goldeyes scored five runs in the top of the second and held the lead through the end of the night. With one out, Josh Mazzola doubled off the bottom of the left field fence and scored on a line drive single to center from Luis Alen. Michael Coles lined a double to left-center that scored Alen from first base to make it 2-0. After Kyle Day struck out, Amos Ramon singled on a line drive to center field to plate Coles with Winnipeg's third run. Price Kendall reached on an error to put runners on first and second with two outs. Chris Roberson capped off the inning with a two-run double to left-center.

Wichita chipped away at the deficit, and pulled within two runs by the end of the fourth. C.J. Ziegler lined a solo home run to right-center leading off the bottom of the second.

In the bottom of the fourth, John Rodriguez doubled to right-center with one out. Ziegler lined single to left. Rodriguez took third and then scored on an error by Day in left field. Ziegler moved to second on the error and scored Wichita's third run when a single to right from Greg Porter led to an error by Coles.

Goldeyes' starter Matthew Rusch worked out of a first and second jam with one out in the bottom of the sixth to keep Winnipeg in front by two runs. Rusch earned the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. Rusch walked one and struck out four.

Winnipeg broke things open in the top of the seventh. Walks to Yurendell de Caster and Barbaro Canizares, plus a single to right from Mazzola, loaded the bases with no outs. Alen then tripled to right-center to provide the game's final margin.

Zach Baldwin, Chris Allen, and Jack Van Leur combined for three outs in the bottom of the seventh, while Brian Beuning pitched two scoreless over the eighth and ninth to close out the game.

Derek Blacksher started for the Wingnuts and took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits in five and one-third. Blacksher walked one and struck out four.

James Baker and Josh Dew each worked a scoreless frame for the Wingnuts.

Wichita closes the season having won a franchise-best 59 games, a third division title in four years, and their first playoff series in team history.

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