WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (50-35) lost 3-1 to the Sioux City Explorers at Lewis and Clark Park on Saturday night.
Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Explorers scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch that brought in Bryan Johns from third base. Johns opened the inning with a walk, stole second base, and took third on a full-count wild pitch to Derrick Robinson. After Robinson stole second, Goldeyes’ reliever Eric Eadington (3-3) struck out Michael Lang. Nate Samson was intentionally walked to load the bases before the run-scoring wild pitch took place with LeVon Washington at the plate.
Washington made a game-saving catch on Josh Romanski in the top of the eighth. The Goldeyes loaded the bases with two outs, helped by a walk from Tanner Murphy, a nine-pitch single to centre from David Rohm, and an intentional walk to Reggie Abercrombie . Romanski hit a line drive to left that Washington caught on the move to save the lead.
The Explorers added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Ralph Henriquez scored on a wild pitch. Henriquez led off with a single, stole both second and third, and came home on the wild pitch with Robinson at bat.
Rob Wort pitched a perfect top of the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year. During the inning, Wes Darvill battled Wort for a 13-pitch at bat, including seven consecutive foul balls with a full count before flying out to Washington for the second out of the inning.
Duke von Schamann started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision. Pitching on three days of rest, von Schamann allowed just one earned run on seven hits over six innings. von Schamann walked one, struck out none, and recorded 11 of his 18 outs on groundballs.
Explorers’ starter Jacob Kuebler also took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on six hits in six innings. Kuebler walked none and struck out three.
PJ Francescon (3-6) picked up the win in relief while Eadington took the loss.
Sioux City took a 1-0 lead when Ino Patron led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to right.
The Goldeyes answered in the sixth to tie the game. Murphy singled to left leading off, moved to second on a passed ball, and came home on Adam Heisler’s RBI double to right-centre.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Kevin McGovern (6-3, 4.05) on the mound for Winnipeg. The Explorers have not confirmed their starting pitcher. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
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