SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Pheasants starting pitcher Pete Gehle was superb on Sunday afternoon, but Wichita Wingnuts starter Josh Lowey was even better in the Pheasants’ 3-2 loss in front of 2,765 fans at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Pheasants (34-40) lost a rubber game of the series but still finished their homestand 4-3. Both starting pitchers worked late into a pitcher’s duel before Wichita took a lead for good on Wilberto Ortiz’s solo home in the eighth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. Lowey (12-3) dominated all game, frustrating the Pheasants’ batters in his league-leading 12th win. It also established a season record for Wichita. Lowey pitched seven innings and allowed one run on only three hits. He walked one and matched a season-high with nine strikeouts. Gehle (6-6) was effective for the Pheasants despite suffering his first loss at home this season. He exited after Conroy’s single in the seventh, allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out one. Reggie Abercrombie homered once again for the Pheasants, a solo homee run in the 8th inning. Abercrombie wrapped a monumental week with a 16-for-33 mark (.485), four home runs and 10 RBI in his return to Sioux Falls.
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