LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Jordan Balazovic tossed seven innings of four-hit shutout ball Tuesday night, leading the Wichita Wind Surge to a 4-1 victory against Arkansas in the opener of a six-game series.
Balazovic (3-1) extended hit shutout streak to 25 2/3 innings in the gem. The right-hander struck out six and walked just one.
The Wind Surge (38-29) also extended their lead in the Central League North to 2 1/2 games over the Travelers (35-31) and Northwest Arkansas.
Wichita was one out away from a shutout, but reliever Zach Neff gave up two hits and two walks before Jordan Gore was summoned from the bullpen. Gore gave up an RBI single to Bobby Honeyman, but escaped further damage by stranding two for his first save of the season.
The Travelers left nine runners on base.
The Wind Surge scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning off of Arkansas starter Alejandro Requena when Ernie De La Trinidad reached on an error and scored on a double by Roy Morales.
Requena (4-4) lasted six innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Trey Cabbage hit a ground-rule double with two on in the top of the third, driving home BJ Boyd for a 2-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the eighth inning, when Cabbage gave the Wind Surge some insurance with a two-run home run off of reliever Ray Kerr. Cabbage, who just missed a homer earlier in the game on the ground-rule double, hit his fourth homer of the season to drive in Andrew Bechtold, who drew a walk.
Morales finished with a triple, double and single, driving in one, while Cabbage and DJ Burt added two hits apiece.
The Minnesota Twins signed free agent pitcher Chris Nunn and placed him on the Wind Surge’s seven-day development roster.