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WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Wingnuts (56-39) defeated the El Paso Diablos (44-50) 5-4 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Wingnuts won their fourth consecutive game in their final turn at bat, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Tied at 4-4, Jared McDonald led off with a single and took second on Mason Morioka's sacrifice bunt. After Steve Stanley was intentionally walked, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Ryan Khoury walked to load the bases, setting up a game-winning sacrifice fly to left from Jake Kahaulelio.
El Paso scratched out the game's first run with a sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the first.
In the bottom of the inning, Khoury singled to right-center and moved to second when Kahaulelio walked. Two batters later, C.J. Ziegler cracked a three-run home run to left field that put Wichita ahead 3-1.
J.J. Muse grounded a single up the middle with two outs in the top of the second to trim the lead to 3-2. Wingnuts starter Anthony Capra then struck out Maikol Gonzalez to strand runners on second and third.
The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the eighth when David Peralta drove in Kahaulelio on a groundball to shortstop.
El Paso rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Welington Dotel singled to center and scored on a triple to right-center from Jermy Acey. After Daniel Nelson grounded out to first base, Zane Chavez hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Acey with the tying run.
Capra took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings. Capra walked three and struck out five.
Kevin Cooper started for El Paso and also took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on six hits in seven innings. Cooper walked one and struck out four.
Josh Dew earned the win in relief. Justin Harper took the loss for the Diablos. Nick Walters and James Baker each worked a perfect relief inning for Wichita. Walters made his 54th appearance of the season, tying the American Association's single-season record (Dustin Pease, Wichita, 2010) that was also matched by Jared Simon in the nightcap of Monday's double header.
The series continues Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Derek Blacksher will be on the mound for Wichita. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com
For information on playoff tickets, call the Wingnuts' main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts' official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com