11Both teams came out with explosive offence but it was the Wingnuts who came through with the big hits at timely moments to put away a Fish team coming off an eight-game road trip. The Wingnuts racked up 12 hits, as did the Fish.
The Wingnuts started things off early, looking to take advantage of a Winnipeg team that might have been feeling the effects of overnight travel the morning before the game. Three straight singles in the first inning produced an early run. Then, with runners on first and third, the Wingnuts' Carlo Testa sent a huge three-run home run over the right-field fence to put his team up 4-0.
With the score 5-0, the Fish started to get their offence going in the fourth. After a single from Casey Haerther, outfielder Reggie Abercrombie hit a double off the left-field wall. The next batter, Luis Alen, grounded out but scored Haerther in the sacrifice. Then Jake Blackwood launched a deep ball to left field that managed to go over the wall for a two-run home run to make the score 5-3.
But the Wingnuts closed the door in the fifth, as Fish starter Jonathan Sintes appeared to be struggling to find the strike zone. A lead-off single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases and ended the night for Sintes.
Taylor Bratton came in to try and stop the pressure but he would give up a grand-slam homer to Wingnuts catcher Chris McMurray to go up 9-3. Wichita add one run in the sixth.
óó ON THE MOUND
In his second start since joining the club at the beginning of the month, Sintes picked up his second loss. The rookie tossed four innings, giving up eight hits for eight runs.
óó UP NEXT
The Goldeyes continue their series with the Wingnuts in game two tonight at 7 p.m.