Known as “Walk-off Wingrove”, he became “Run-off Rixon” in Thursday’s 2-1 Adelaide Giants win over the Brisbane Bandits.
Going into the bottom of the seventh with the Giants trailing 1-0 in the final inning of regulation, Cornelius Randolph doubled to lead-off. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored to tie the game on a sacrificed fly by Luke Williams.
Next up was Rixon Wingrove with two outs. He was hit by a pitch. He then raced home all the way from first with the winning run on what looked like a lost in the sun fly ball to the left field wall for a double by Jordan McArdle.
Another Phillies prospect figured in the win as well. Coming on in relief, Austin Ross struck out two with 92 and 93 MPH fastballs in the sixth inning to keep the score 1-0.
You can watch the play of the Phillies prospects in the summary of the game late in the game recap below:
Still the storyline all season “down under” remains the play of Rixon Wingrove. He has hits in all six games so far including three home runs and a double.
Rix has the highest slash line and OPS of in the ABL of those guys who have played more than one game. He has a .353/.421/941 slash and an OPS of 1.362.
Despite the Wingrove numbers, Adelaide is last in the six-team league with a .187 team batting average and a team .632 OPS but still lead the league with a 4-2 record for a .667 winning percent.
Rixon is making a bid to get a Phillies major league spring training invite with the kind of numbers he is putting up and the clutch nature of his production.
In the fourth and fifth games of the Adelaide season, the big first baseman “walked it off” and then “ran it off” for the wins. Now that is “clutch”!.