WINNIPEG – After the Wichita Wingnuts scored 37 runs in their first round series, it was a tad surprising that they were held off the scoreboard in Game 1 of their series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
But their bats roared back to life in Game 2, pounding out 16 hits in a 9-2 thrashing of the Goldeyes at Shaw Park, evening the best-of-five championship series 1-1.
In a way it was expected to be a battle of the aces: the Goldeyes set out Kevin McGovern (8-3, 3.56 ERA) while the Wingnuts turned to Alex Boshers, (12-3, 3.29 ERA).
But Wichita got to the lefty early and often, racking up eight hits and six runs in 5.1 innings.
In Game 1 Winnipeg got away with a poor night of hitting with runners on base. In Game 2 the team once again struggled in the clutch, tallying nine hits with just the two runs, but with the Wingnuts’ bats catching fire, it didn’t really matter.
Willie Cabrera was the lone bright spot for the Fish, going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. For the Wingnuts it was a two-headed attack, as 1B Matt Chavez went 5-for-5 with a homer and RF Nick Van Stratten, batting right after Chavez, went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI.
With the series level it shifts to Wichita for the remainder. Game 3 goes Saturday night.