The Winnipeg Goldeyes surrendered six runs in the first two innings in dropping the opening game of the American Association championship series.
The Wichita Wingnuts took the early series lead with a 12-7 victory over the Goldeyes on Wednesday at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. It was the 10th straight win for the Wingnuts going back to the regular season.
After trailing by six runs after just two innings, the Goldeyes battled all the way back to make it a one run game. But Richard Prigatano hit a two-run home run as part of a three run fifth inning for the Wingnuts and then T.J. Mittelstaedt hit a three run shot in the eighth en route to the game one triumph.
The Wingnuts chased Goldeyes starting pitcher Charle Rosario from the game after just two innings. Rosario gave up five earned runs on six hits before getting pulled from the game.
David Bergin and Mason Katz both hit home runs in the sixth inning for Winnipeg. Reggie Abercrombie drove in a pair of runs for the Goldeyes and put a scare in his teammates in the fifth inning when he crashed into the outfield fence. He appeared to be in a fair amount of pain but ended up staying in the game.
The Goldeyes will send Edwin Carl to the mound for game two on Thursday before the series shifts back to Shaw Park for the final three games if necessary.
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