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Goldeyes Battle Back, Lose in Extra Innings

WINNIPEG, MB – Despite falling behind 6-0 against the Gary Southshore RailCats on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Goldeyes battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth.

But once again, the Fish couldn’t seal the deal.

Playing in front of what was left of a crowd of 4,132 at Shaw Park (there was a one hour and 14-minute rain delay at the start of the game), the RailCats jumped all over Goldeyes starter Zack Dodson for six runs in the first two innings. But the Goldeyes didn’t quit. Winnipeg scored a run in the bottom of the second and four more in the fourth and after Gary added a run in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead, Winnipeg scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

But with one out in the 11th, Gary’s Chase Harris doubled, stole third and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly of the bat of Cameron Newell. The Goldeyes couldn’t answer against Carlos Diaz in the bottom of the inning and Gary got the 8-7 win – and a 2-1 win in the series.

As a result, the Goldeyes fell to 19-20 on the season. They are now 2-8 in their last 10 but still tied for second place in the American Association’s North Division, seven games back of the first-place St. Paul Saints.

Goldeyes starter Dodson (6.18 ERA) gave up seven runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He did not figure in the decision. Reliever Brandon Quintero (0-2, 5.55 ERA) gave up the big run in the 11th and suffered the loss. Diaz (1-1, 4.88 ERA) got the win for Gary, pitching two innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.

The Goldeyes outhit Gary 11-10 as Josh Romanski, Shawn Pleffner, Wes Darvill and Mason Katz each had two hits. Darvill knocked in a pair of runs and raised his batting average to .340. on Wednesday and Bergin was the star. He went three-for-four with a runs scored and an RBI while catcher Alixon Suarez went three-four-four with a run scored. Newcomer Jordan Ebert went two-four-four with a run scored and an RBI while Josh Romanski, Reggie Abercrombie and Wes Darvill all had a hit and a pair of runs batted in.

In the bottom of the second, David Bergin hit a two-out, solo home run to get Winnipeg on the board. It was Bergin’s 10th homer of the Year. Romanski hit his seventh home run of the season and Katz hit his fourth.

The Goldeyes open a three-game series against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night. Righthander Mikey O’Brien (3-2, 4.44) will get the call for Winnipeg while right-hander Miles Nordgren (2-2, 5.44) will toe the rubber for Sioux Falls. If you don’t have a ticket, the game can be heard live on 93.7 CJNU.

Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Photo by Dan LeMoal

Editor of the popular Game On Hockey Magazine and The Point After Football Magazine, editor of Canadian Meat Business Magazine, sports editor of Grassroots News, TV play-by-play voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and author of the bestselling book: The Winnipeg Jets: A Celebration of Professional Hockey in Winnipeg. He likes virgin pina coladas, long walks on the beach, puppies and thoroughbred race horses that run according to form.
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