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LAREDO, TX- The Wichita Wingnuts defeated the Laredo Lemurs 6-0 in Game One of the American Association Division Series at Uni-Trade Stadium on Wednesday night.
Wichita leads the best-of-five series 1-0.
Josh Lowey improved to 5-1 lifetime in the postseason with seven shutout innings to earn the win. Lowey scattered four hits, walked two, and struck out four. Lowey is now 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA in nine career playoff starts.
Lowey worked out of the only jam he faced in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and two outs, Anthony Scelfo drilled a deep flyball to right-center field that was caught by a sprinting David Peralta. Following the threat, Lowey retired 16 of the final 18 batters to face him through the end of the seventh.
Offensively, the Wingnuts collected 13 hits. Eight players had at least one hit, while all nine starters reached base at least once. The Wingnuts scored the first run of the game in the top of the third. With runners on first and third and two outs, Greg Porter swung at a 3-0 pitch and lined a single to left field that scored John Rodriguez.
Jake Kahaulelio lined a home run that just cleared the left field wall with one out in the top of the fifth. Rodriguez followed with a bunt single to third, took second on a groundball to third base from C.J. Ziegler, and scored on another clutch, two-out hit to left by Porter.
Ryan Khoury homered on a deep flyball to left field with two outs in the top of the sixth. Khoury finished the game with two hits, a walk, and two stolen bases.
Mike Conroy was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the eighth. After Conroy stole second, Steve Stanley lined a single to right-center to make it 5-0.
Nick Walters struck out two during a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
Kahaulelio doubled leading off the top of the ninth and scored the Wingnuts' final run of the game two batters later on Ziegler's third base hit.
James Hoyt worked around a single and a walk to pitch a scoreless bottom of the ninth. Hoyt struck out Brian Peterson for the final out.
Matthew Way started for the Lemurs and took the loss, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in six innings. Way walked one and struck out two.
Game Two of the series is Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Ryan Hinson faces Lemurs' right-hander Chris Chavez. All the action can be heard locally on Oldies 92.7 KWME and worldwide at www.kleyam.com
The Wingnuts host Game Three of the Division Series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. A fireworks spectacular will follow the game. Wichita would also host the "if necessary" Games Four and Five on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (316) 755-SEAT, or by visiting www.selectaseat.com
Discounted ticket vouchers can be picked up at Wichita area Kwik Shop locations, Wichita area QuikTrip locations, and the Chick-fil-A at Central and Rock.
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