SIOUX CITY, IA – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (38-29) beat the Sioux City Explorers 9-5 in the opener of a double header at Lewis and Clark Park on Tuesday night.
In the nightcap, the Goldeyes built a 5-2 lead through five innings before the game was suspended due to the American Association’s curfew rule. Game two will be completed as a seven-inning game on Wednesday evening at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday’s regularly scheduled nine-inning game will follow.
In the opener, the Goldeyes scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a 5-1 deficit. David Rohmsingled through the right side on a full count and took second on a wild pitch. Josh Romanski doubled down the right field line to score Rohm and pull the Goldeyes within 5-2. Reggie Abercrombie followed with a mammoth two-run home run to left. Two batters later, David Bergin tripled on a ball that appeared lost in the lights by centre fielder Tony Campana. Bergin scored the tying run on a two-out wild pitch by Explorers’ reliever Brad Orosey.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien and reliever Evan Rutckyj combined for a scoreless bottom of the sixth to keep the game tied.
In the top of the seventh, Andrew Sohn singled up the middle on a 1-2 count. Sohn advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third when Rohm singled through the right side. Rohm took second base on Michael Lang’s throw to the plate. After Romanski was intentionally walked, Orosey retired Abercrombie on a flyball to right. Shawn Pleffner was next, and hit a two-out grand slam home run to right-centre.
Ryan Chaffee pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh to close out the win.
Rutckyj (2-0) earned the win in relief while Orosey (3-4) took the loss.
O’Brien took a no-decision, allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits in five and one-third innings. O’Brien walked four and struck out one.
The Explorers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Campana singled to centre, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a Joe Bennie groundout to third base. Bennie drove in Dre Gleason on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third to make it 2-0 Sioux City.
Bergin drew a two-out, bases loaded walk in the top of the fourth to put the Goldeyes on the board. In the next half inning, Gleason hit a two-out, three-run homer to right that extended the Explorers’ lead to 5-1. It was Gleason’s first career home run.
Sioux City starter Cody Forsythe took a no-decision, allowing five earned runs on five hits in five and two-thirds innings. Forsythe walked three and struck out seven.
Game one started one hour and 25 minutes behind schedule due to inclement weather.
The nightcap started at 10:27 p.m. with Mitchell Lambson making the first start of his professional career.
The Explorers jumped out to an early lead when Campana singled to right, stole second, and came home on a groundball single to centre from Jayce Ray.
Abercrombie led off the top of the fourth and reached first on a dropped third strike. Abercrombie then stole second, took third when catcher Jonathan Gonzalez’s throw went into centre field, and scored the tying run on Pleffner’s groundout to second.
The Goldeyes rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. Jordan Ebert lined a single to right-centre leading off. Sohn followed with a two-run homer to left-centre. Rohm walked and went to third on a Romanski double down the right field line. Two batters later, Abercrombie scored Rohm on a groundball to third. Bergin made it 5-2 with a sharp groundball single up the middle.
Lambson had completed five innings at the time the game was suspended, which is a new career high. Lambson allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked none, and struck out five.
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