WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (31-23) beat the Kansas City T-Bones 12-11 in 14 innings at Shaw Park on Saturday night.
The Goldeyes have won six consecutive games. With St. Paul’s loss to Fargo-Moorhead, the Goldeyes move into a first place tie in the American Association North Division.
Saturday’s game took five hours and 25 minutes, breaking the American Association record for longest game by duration. The previous record was held by the Wichita Wingnuts and El Paso Diablos who played a five-hour and 22-minute game on May 20th, 2011 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Andrew Sohn tied an 18-year-old Goldeyes’ record with six base hits.
Tied at 11-11 in the bottom of the 14th inning, T-Bones’ right-handed pitcher Matt Sergey entered the game throwing left-handed. Sergey had thrown seven innings in a start two days ago at Fargo-Moorhead. Shawn Pleffner and David Bergin opened the inning with back-to-back walks. After Wes Darvill laid down a sacrifice bunt, the T-Bones elected to intentionally walk Mason Katz. On the intended second ball, Sergey’s pitch sailed out of the reach of catcher Leo Rojas and allowed Pleffner to score the winning run. The American Association requires teams to throw live pitches when issuing an intentional walk.
“A long one,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “We outlasted them today. Both teams were all out of pitching. Mitch (Lambson) bit thebullet there and stuck it out. I though the guys did a great job battling back. We were in a big hole there early. You have to be able to win more than one way. I’ve never seen someone pitch with their opposite hand. Sergey is a great pitcher and had a great game in Fargo. He volunteered himself, and we were able to outlast them. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.”
With the game tied at 9-9 through 12 innings, both teams scored twice in the 13th. Chantz Mack led off the top half with a single and took second when Marcus Lemon beat out a sacrifice attempt. After Kevin Keyes walked, Eddie Newton was hit by a pitch to drive in Mack with the go-ahead run. Kyle Petty followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 11-9.
Petty started the game in centre field, but had been moved to pitcher in the bottom of the 12th in what was his second career appearance on the mound. With the Goldeyes trailing 11-9, Katz and Jordan Ebert drew consecutive one-out walks. Sohn singled through the right side to score Katz and pull the Goldeyes within one run. Petty recorded the second out of the inning when David Rohm hit into a fielder’s choice. With runners on the corners and two outs, Josh Romanski singled to right to drive in Ebert with the tying run.
Kansas City forced the game into extra innings in the top of the ninth when Tyler Horan hit a two-out, two-run home run to right field.
Mitchell Lambson (4-2) earned the win, pitching four innings of relief. Lambson allowed two earned runs on five hits while throwing 70 total pitches. The four innings matched a career-high that Lambson twice accomplished in 2012.
Sergey (2-2) took the loss, allowing the winning run in the 14th.
The T-Bones jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second. Petty led off with a solo home run to centre field. Two batters later, Jordan Edgerton lined a single to centre. Joe Jackson then hit a two-run home run to right-centre that made it 3-0. After Leo Rojas singled to right-centre, Mack hit a two-run home run to right.
The Goldeyes cut into the lead in the bottom of the third when Sohn hit a two-out, two-run home run off the left field foul pole.
The T-Bones re-extended the lead to 7-2 on a Rojas RBI double in the fourth and a Jackson RBI groundout in the fifth.
Romanski hit a two-out, infield single in the fifth that scored Sohn to bring the Goldeyes within four.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sohn hit a two-out, two-run single to centre that cut the T-Bones’ lead to 7-5.
With two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the seventh, Pleffner singled to right. After Bergin and Darvill drew walks to load the bases, Katz ripped a double down the left field line that scored Pleffner and Bergin with the tying runs. Jeff Walters replaced T-Bones’ reliever Luis Paula and hit Ebert with a pitch to re-load the bases. Sohn then chopped a two-run single that broke off the glove of shortstop Jerome Pena that gave the Goldeyes their first lead of the night at 9-7.
“It was long and competitive,” said Sohn. “We really stuck it out, and it was good to get the win. I’ve never had five hits in a game, let alone six. It was fun. Just put the bat on the ball. It felt great that we got the win. Have to get back at it tomorrow.”
Sohn finished with six hits and seven RBI, both career-highs. The six hits tie a Goldeyes’ single-game record set by Chad Thornhill on July 27th, 1999 at Madison. 10 of the Goldeyes’ 12 runs were scored on two-out base hits.
Zach Nuding started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits in three and two-thirds innings. Nuding walked one and struck out one.
Gabe Perez started for the T-Bones and also took a no-decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits in five innings. Perez walked four and struck out four.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Mikey O’Brien (6-2, 4.73) takes on right-hander Chris Perry (1-2, 5.54).
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