The Wichita Wingnuts beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 7-5 at Newman Outdoor Field on Monday night.
Wichita has won six games in a row.
Tied at 5-5 in the top of the ninth, John Rodriguez lined a leadoff single to left field against left-hander Daniel Morari. Mitch Einertson sacrificed Rodriguez to second base, and Morari was replaced by right-hander Kevin Fuqua. C.J. Ziegler greeted Fuqua with a line drive single to left that brought in Rodriguez with the tying run. Two batters later, David Peralta lifted a double to left-center field that scored Ziegler from first base. Peralta finished the night 2 for 2 with three walks, two runs scored, and three RBI.
Josh Dew closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth, retiring Nic Jackson on a groundball to first to strand the tying runs in scoring position.
The Wingnuts used four consecutive hits in the top of the second to build a 3-0 lead. After initially falling behind 0-2, Ziegler walked with one out and took third base on Jared McDonald's line drive single to right. Peralta ripped a double that traveled to the right-center field wall that made it 2-0 Wingnuts. Salomon Manriquez singled down the left field line to score Peralta. Manriquez has hit safely in 10 straight games.
Fargo chipped away in the bottom of the second on a two-out single to left from Ryan Delgado. The Wingnuts got the run back in the top of the fourth on a Ryan Khoury sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded.
Delgado trimmed the lead to 3-2 with a two-out, two-run double to right-center in the bottom of the fourth, while Enrique Cruz hit a two-run double to left-center in the fifth that gave the RedHawks their first lead.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth, Jake Kahaulelio singled through the left side to drive in Manriquez with the tying run.
Wichita's bullpen combined for four scoreless innings. Jared Simon was perfect in the sixth and seventh, while Matt Nevarez struck out two in a perfect eighth to earn the win.
Ryan Hinson started for the Wingnuts and took a no-decision. Hinson allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings. Hinson walked two and struck out four.
Aaron Shafer started and took a no-decision for the RedHawks, allowing five earned runs on six hits in five and two-thirds. Shafer walked four and struck out five.
Morari was charged with the loss for Fargo.
The series continues Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. Ben Graham takes on right-hander Alex Rivers. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 FM KWME and worldwide at www.kleyam.com
The Wingnuts return home for a seven-game homestand beginning Friday, June 1st when they host the Grand Prairie AirHogs at 6:05 p.m. 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