WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Wingnuts (1-2) capitalized on a pair of ninth-inning walks to beat the Saltdogs (2-1) 3-2 in walk-off fashion in front of 3,582 fans at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Saturday night.
With the game tied at 2-2, Harrison Kain drew a walk to begin the bottom of the ninth. After pinch hitter Richard Prigatano walked two batters later, Christian Stringer ripped a single to right to win the game for the ‘Nuts
Frankie Reed (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the win. Matt Shepherd (0-1) yielded a run on a hit and two walks to take the loss.
The Saltdogs took another early lead on a Ryan Wiggins two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the second inning.
Wichita plated a run in the fifth and an unearned run in the sixth to tie the game.
Former Saltdogs hurler Tim Brown (2009-11) pitched eight sterling innings against his former team, at one point sending down 16 straight.
The clubs play the finale of the four-game series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. LHP Bennett Parry is slated to face RHP Eddie Medina. Radio coverage begins at 12:35 p.m. on KFOR FM 103.3/1240 AM.
*Correction from first edition of box score:
Jeff McKenzie: 1.1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, BB, K
The ‘Dogs play their home opener May 27 at Haymarket Park against Winnipeg with a fireworks show after the game. Get your tickets now at www.saltdogs.com.