WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Wingnuts defeated the Fort Worth Cats 6-2 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Wingnuts used a pair of early three-run innings to open a 6-0 lead, giving plenty of support to Justin Murray who earned the win in his Wichita debut.
With first and second and two outs in the bottom of the second, Mike Conroy ripped a line drive single to right that scored Jorge Delgado from second base with the game's first run. During the following at bat to Thomas Fitzgerald, Conroy took off for second base, stopped halfway, and stayed in a rundown long enough for Edwin Bellorin to score from third. Fitzgerald then singled Conroy to third base to keep the rally alive. Josh Horn capped the inning with a hit-and-run single through the right side that scored Conroy and gave Wichita a 3-0 lead.
The Wingnuts scored three more in the third, highlighted by a monstroous two-run home run down the left field line from Delgado. The longball brought in Jorge Cortes from second who led off the inning with a ground rule double down the right field line. Later in the inning, and with two outs and no one on base, Bellorin doubled down the right field line and scored on Conroy's RBI double to right-center.