Wichita, Kansas. – Five and one-third scoreless innings from the bullpen, and a second consecutive three-hit game from Rubi Silva led the Dogs to a come-from-behind victory Friday night, as Chicago defeated the Wichita Wingnuts 5-2 in the club’s first ever game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Dogs scored four runs on seven hits in their final three innings at the dish and won for the ninth time in August Friday night to climb into a tie for fourth place in the American Association’s North division.
Chicago scored first Friday on an RBI triple from Stephen Perez. Perez scored Tony Rosselli from first base and put the Dogs in front 1-0.
Wichita evened the game at 1-1 with an Angel Reyes solo home run leading off the bottom of the second inning. The dinger was surrendered by Chicago starter Scott Barnes, and was the 14th allowed this year by Barnes.
Two innings later Barnes walked Reyes to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Barnes injured his leg on his final delivery to Reyes, but remained in the game. With two outs in the inning and Reyes at third base, Barnes struck out John Nester swinging, but Nester reached first base on a wild pitch, and Reyes scored from third to push Wichita in front 2-1.
Barnes was removed from the game after the wild pitch. The southpaw pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing two earned runs, and receiving a no-decision.
The score remained 2-1 in favor of Wichita, until the top of the seventh inning. Matt Dean doubled with two outs in the inning and Mike Falsetti delivered a two-out RBI single to score Dean and tie the game at 2-2.
The Dogs struck for two more runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead. Edwin Arroyo and Silva tallied back-to-back singles to lead off the frame, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Dalton Blaser and Perez each then tallied RBI to give the Dogs a 4-2 lead.
Rich Mascheri pitched two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth frames, respectively. Mascheri earned the win, his second of the year.
After Chicago tacked on an insurance run on a Silva RBI single in the top of the ninth, Kaohi Downing pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for his 13th save of the year.
With the win Chicago moves to 35-47 on the year and pulls into a virtual tie with the Winnipeg Goldeyes for fourth place in the North. Wichita falls to 51-33 on the year with the loss.
The two teams will resume their three-game series Saturday night in Wichita. Chicago will send right-hander Trevor Simms to the mound, while Wichita will counter with Tyler Kane.
First pitch from Lawrence-Dumont stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast at www.thechicagodogs.com/broadcasts/ with the Crowne Plaza Pregame Show beginning at 6:45 p.m.