KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Wichita Wingnuts (33-20) lost 9-8 to the Kansas City T-Bones (29-26) at Community America Ballpark on Friday night.
Kansas City rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome an 8-6 deficit. Devin Goodwin opened the inning with a line drive single to left against Matt Nevarez, who was working for a third consecutive day. After Nevarez struck out pinch hitter Pat Trettel, Justin Bass doubled off the left field wall to put runners on second and third. Brandon Jones tied the game, tripling off the glove of a sprinting Mike Conroy in left-center field. Lee Cruz was intentionally walked before Ray Sadler poked a line drive to right field that scored Jones with the winning run. Jones now has 12 RBI in nine games against the Wingnuts this year.
The Wingnuts staged their own rally in the top of the ninth, scoring five times to erase a 6-3 T-Bones' lead. Jared McDonald drew a five-pitch walk leading off and took second when Jessie Mier fought off a single to right field. Conroy was retired on a comebacker that advanced McDonald and Mier, while Ryan Khoury was hit by a pitch to load the bases.