Wichita, Kan.—The Wichita Wingnuts lost 6-5 to the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Game Four of the 2013 American Association Championship Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Saturday night.
The RailCats win the series 3-1 and claim the 2013 American Association championship.
Gary SouthShore built an early 4-0 lead over the first two innings. Adam Klein led off the game with a walk. A Mike Massaro single and a Cristian Guerrero walk loaded the bases with no outs. Reid Fronk grounded into a double play at second base to drive in Klein with the game's first run.
In the top of the second, Brian Kolb singled to center field and advanced to second when Drew Martinez reached on a fielder's choice to third. Zac Mitchell beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt which resulted in a throwing error by Wingnuts' starter Junior Guerra. Kolb scored on the play. Danny Pulfer plated Martinez and Mitchell with a line drive single to left that made it 4-0.
Craig Maddox led off the top of the fifth with a double down the left field line. Maddox took third on Kolb's sacrifice and scored when Drew Martinez lined a single to left.
The Wingnuts scored their first runs in the bottom of the seventh against RailCats' starter Morgan Coombs. Jake Kahaulelio singled to center and moved to second when Abel Nieves walked. Both runners advanced on a groudball to first from Cole Armstrong. David Amberson ripped a groundball single to right field that cut the RailCats' lead to 5-2.
Mitchell tripled to right-center with one out in the top of the eighth and scored what proved to be the decisive run on Pulfer's sacrifice fly to left.
In the bottom of the inning, Wichita sent nine men to the plate to pull within one. With first and third and one out, C.J. Ziegler hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Jared McDonald. Kahaulelio blooped a single down the right field line, while Nieves walked to load the bases. Armstrong worked a bases loaded walk to cut the lead to 6-4. Amberson drove in Wichita's fifth run with an infield single. RailCats' reliever Kyle Lindquist kept the lead intact when Madison Beaird lined out to second base.
Josh Dew threw a scoreless top of the ninth to keep the Wingnuts within one run.
Marco Gonzalez closed out the game for a second straight night to earn the save. Rodriguez reached first on a two-out, infield single before Gonzalez retired Ziegler on a flyball to center field that ended the game.
Guerra took the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in five innings. Guerra walked four and struck out two.
Coombs earned the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits in seven and one-third. Coombs walked two and struck out four.
Erik Lambe worked three strong innings of long relief, allowing one earned run on just one hit.