GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (42-30) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 6-5 in 10 innings at US Steel Yard on Saturday evening.
Tied at 5-5 in the top of the 10th, David Rohm reached on a leadoff error by shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald. After Josh Romanski singled off the glove of first baseman Kris Goodman, Reggie Abercrombie beat out an infield single on a groundball to shortstop to load the bases. Shawn Pleffner followed with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Rohm with the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the 10th, Ryan Chaffee struck out the side to end the game.
“We made it exciting in the ninth, but credit Chaffee for not letting it snowball on him,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth. “He went out there in the 10th and threw probably the best he has in a month. It goes to David (Rohm) finding a way to put it in play and hustling, Romanski putting some barrel on it, and Reggie battling to make something happen. It’s those kind of at bats that allow guys like Pleffner to drive in the winning run. Lots of credit to those guys for not hanging their heads.”
The RailCats had rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Reggie Wilson slapped a leadoff double down the left field line and took third on a single from Cole Fabio. Alex Crosby hit a soft single to shallow right that scored Wilson and put the tying runs on base. After Goodman pinch ran for Crosby, Colin Willis doubled off the left field wall to score Fabio and put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. Chase Harris pinch ran for Willis before Chaffee struck out Cameron Newell. Randy Santiesteban then tied the game with a sacrifice fly to shallow right-centre. Following an intentional walk to Frank Martinez, Chaffee retired Jose Gonzalez on a groundout to shortstop that kept the game tied.
In the bottom of the first, the RailCats threatened with runners on the corners and no outs. With Willis in motion from first, Newell ripped a line drive down the first base line. Pleffner made a diving catch across his body and slapped the first base bag with his glove to complete a double play. Goldeyes’ starter Mikey O’Brien retired Santiesteban on a groundout to end the inning.
Abercrombie reached on an error by Fitzgerald leading off the second and took third on an errant back pick attempt by catcher Wilfredo Gimenez. On an 0-2 count, Pleffner lifted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Abercrombie with the game’s first run.
With two outs and no one on base in the top of the sixth, Abercrombie singled up the middle. Pleffner followed with a line drive home run to right-centre that made it 3-0 Winnipeg.
Newell opened the bottom of the sixth with a triple to left-centre and came home on a line drive single to left from Santiesteban. After Frank Martinez popped out to shortstop, Gimenez drew a walk, and left-hander Chris Cotton relieved O’Brien. A wild pitch moved the tying runs to second and third, but Pleffner caught a hard line drive from Fitzgerald before throwing to second to double off Gimenez to end the inning.
Rohm walked leading off the eighth, took second on a Romanski single to right, and scored the Goldeyes’ fourth run when Abercrombie poked a double down the right field line. Two batters later, David Bergin hit a sacrifice fly to deep left that scored Romanski.
In the bottom of the eighth, Newell legged out an infield single with one out. After Victor Capellan relieved Mitchell Lambson, Santiesteban reached on an error. Martinez singled through the right side to score Newell and bring the tying run to the plate. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third before Capellan struck out pinch hitter Andy DeJesus and Fitzgerald back-to-back to end the inning.
Andrew Sohn singled in the top of the ninth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.
O’Brien took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on nine hits over five and one-third innings. O’Brien walked one and struck out one.
Alex Gunn started for the RailCats and also took a no-decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits in six and one-third. Gunn walked none and struck out three.
Chaffee (3-3) earned the win in relief while Drasen Johnson (3-4) took the loss for the RailCats.
Pleffner finished with four RBI and has driven in eight runs over the first three games of the series. Eight Goldeyes had at least one hit in the win. Winnipeg improved to 6-5 in extra inning games this season.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Winnipeg Goldeyes return home on Friday, August 11th when they host the Wichita Wingnuts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
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