WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (7-5) lost 8-6 to the Sioux Falls Canaries in 13 innings at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.
Tied at 5-5 in the top of the 13th, Taylor Zeutenhorst singled home Aaron Owen and Ethan Chapman on a line drive single to centre field. The Canaries (6-6) added an eighth run later in the inning when Cameron Garfield was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Goldeyes rallied to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 13th. Reggie Abercrombie cut the lead to 8-6 with a two-out, RBI single to left that scored Adam Heisler. Jacob Rogers nearly tied the game with a long drive down the right field line that was ruled foul. Canaries’ closer Chase Johnson came back to strike out Rogers to earn his third save of the year.
Kris Regas (2-0) earned the win in relief for Sioux Falls after pitching a perfect bottom of the 12th. Zach Dando (0-2) took a tough luck loss in relief for Winnipeg, allowing just one earned run in three and two-thirds innings.
The Canaries jumped on the board first when Blake Schmit hit a two-out, two-run triple to left-centre in the top of the third. Sioux Falls extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Jerome Pena scored on an error charged to second baseman Wes Darvill.
In the bottom of the fourth, David Rohm singled to right with the bases loaded to pull the Goldeyes within 3-1.
After Cameron Monger hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1 Canaries, the Goldeyes rallied for four runs in the bottom of the inning, all after there were two outs and no one on base. Maikol Gonzalez singled to right centre and scored from first on an RBI double to left from Josh Romanski. Abercrombie singled home Romanski to pull Winnipeg within one. An infield single by Rogers and a walk from Rohm loaded the bases. Darvill then delivered a two-run single to right against left-hander Josh Ferrell who was brought on to relieve Canaries’ starter Shawn Blackwell.
Blackwell ended up with a no-decision, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits in four and two-thirds innings. Blackwell walked two and struck out three.
Goldeyes’ starter Kevin McGovern worked into the seventh and also took a no-decision. McGovern allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits over six and two-thirds. McGovern walked five and struck out nine. McGovern struck out the side on two occasions.
Conor Spink helped preserve the one-run lead in relief of McGovern in the seventh. Spink struck out Pena on a full count with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Brandon Shimo worked a perfect top of the eighth before the Canaries scratched out the tying run in the ninth when Zeutenhorst hit a sacrifice fly to centre against Jailen Peguero.
Abercrombie finished the game with three hits. The game started 29 minutes behind schedule due to inclement weather.
Game three of the four-game series is Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Duke von Schamann (0-1, 9.00) faces right-handed Madison Boer (0-1, 12.46).
Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.goldeyes.com, or stopping by any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park. For information on season tickets, 10-Game Mini Packs, or group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-2273.