ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wichita Wingnuts defeated the St. Paul Saints 6-4 at Midway Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Trailing 3-2, the Wingnuts took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jose Duran led off and homered to deep left field against Saints' starter Jacob Schmidt. It was Duran's second home run in as many games. After Mike Conroy grounded out to third, Ryan Patterson walked, stole second base, and eventually scored on Juan Richardson's long two-out, two-run homer to left.
Jonathan Van Every hit a two-out double to left-center in the bottom of the sixth off of Eric Gilliland to cut the Wingnuts' lead to one run. Gilliland recorded the final out in the sixth to keep the Wingnuts in front and then struck out two during a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
Kendy Batista pitched a perfect eighth, helping the Wingnuts build an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Josh Horn led off with a double to right center, moved to third on a sacrifice by Duran, and then scored on a wild pitch by Saints' reliever Kyle Foster.