Wingnuts Win On Emotional Opening Night

By: Wichita Email
By: Wichita Email

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May 16, 2013

Prior to the game, the Wingnuts retired the number "3" in honor of their late bench coach Brian Rose who passed away on January 31st of this year. A video celebrating Rose's life was shown, while Rose's wife Lupe threw out the ceremonial first pitch and was presented with Brian's game-worn jerseys.

Starting pitcher Jon Link fired seven shutout innings to earn the win, allowing just three hits and never letting a runner past second base. Link struck out four, did not issue a walk, and retired the final nine batters to face him.

Offensively, the Wingnuts were led by two returning players. C.J. Ziegler slugged a three-run home run down the left field line in the bottom of the third inning that gave Wichita a 4-0 lead. Ziegler also accounted for an unearned run in the bottom of the first when T-Bones' second baseman Devin Goodwin made an errant throw to first on a fielder's choice.

Jake Kahaulelio had four hits and four RBI in the win. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Kahaulelio doubled down the left field line to make it 7-0. Kahaulelio drove in the final run of the night with a line drive solo homer to left-center that led off the bottom of the sixth.

Wichita totaled 14 hits in the win, including multi-hit efforts from Kahaulelio, John Rodriguez, Ziegler, and Abel Nieves. Lincoln Holdzkom and Tyler White each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Shaun Garceau started and took the loss for Kansas City. Garceau allowed seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits in five innings. Garceau walked two and struck out two.

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