GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (22-22) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 2-1 in 15 innings at US Steel Yard on Monday night.
Tied at 1-1 in the top of the 15th inning, Adam Heisler drilled a one-out double to left-centre field. On the next pitch, David Rohm singled on a groundball to right that snuck past the dive of second baseman Elbert Devarie. Heisler beat Tillman Pugh’s throw home, swiping his hand across the plate before RailCats’ catcher Mike Falsetti could apply the tag.
Brandon Shimo (1-0), who had already worked a scoreless bottom of the 14th, closed out the game and picked up the win in relief. Shimo ended the game by inducing a double play grounder to second from Falsetti.
The RailCats manufactured the first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Devarie led off with an infield single, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a flyball to right from Jarred Mederos, and scored on Alex Crosby’s groundball to second.
The Goldeyes immediately tied it when Reggie Abercrombie homered deep down the left field line on the first pitch of the fourth inning. It was Abercrombie’s sixth of the year, and his 85th all-time in the American Association. Abercrombie is now two home runs shy of tying John Allen’s league record of 87.
The score remained tied until the 15th. Goldeyes’ starter Duke von Schamann tied a career-high with eight innings pitched. von Schamann allowed one earned run on just two hits, walking one and striking out four. von Schamann retired the final 18 batters to face him, and finished his outing on just 105 pitches. von Schamann last pitched eight full innings in 2012 during his rookie professional season in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization.
Charle Rosario started for the RailCats and also took a no-decision. Rosario allowed one earned run on five hits over eight innings, walking two and striking out five.
Shimo capped off a perfect night for the Goldeyes’ bullpen that saw Eric Eadington, Cameron McVey, Conor Spink, and Kyle Lotzkar combine with Shimo for seven shutout innings in relief of von Schamann. McVey struck out the side in order in the bottom of the 11th. Heisler and Maikol Gonzalez each had three hits.
The game lasted four hours and 28 minutes. Winnipeg’s last 15-inning game was on July 10th, 2009, also against the RailCats. Gary SouthShore won 5-3 at Shaw Park.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. Ethan Carnes (2-1, 4.89) takes on right-hander Richard Castillo (3-1, 3.23). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, July 12th when they face the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park. 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.