GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (25-22) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 4-3 in 10 innings at US Steel Yard on Friday night.
Tied at 4-4 in the top of the 10th inning, David Bergin led off with a line drive single to left field. It was Bergin’s fourth hit of the night, tying a career-high. Wes Darvill followed with a double down the left field line. After the RailCats intentionally walked Mason Katz to load the bases, Hunter Dolshun hit a groundball to shortstop with the infield in that forced out Bergin at home plate. With the bases loaded and one out, Andrew Sohn beat out a potential inning-ending double play on a groundball to second that brought home Darvill with the go-ahead run.
Ryan Chaffee took over for Evan Rutckyj in the bottom of the 10th. After Chaffee struck out Chase Harris leading off, a Reggie Wilson walk and a Colin Willis single through the left side put the tying and winning runs on base. Frank Martinez then grounded into a game-ending double play started by Katz at second. Chaffee, who was pitching on a third consecutive day, earned his league-leading 13th save of the year.
Bergin gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when he led off with a solo home run to left-centre field.
In the bottom of the third, Martinez walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored the tying run on a two-out throwing error charged to Sohn.
Kris Goodman doubled leading off the bottom of the fifth and took third on a bunt single by Harris. After Wilson struck out looking, Willis singled through the right side to score Goodman with the lead run. Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Kevin McGovern escaped further trouble when Martinez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
On the first pitch in the top of the sixth, Shawn Pleffner lined a home run to right-centre that tied the game. Bergin followed with an infield sinlge and advanced to third on a double to right-centre from Darvill. After Katz was intentionally walked, Hunter Dolshun lined a single to centre to give Winnipeg a 3-2 lead. It was the 21-year-old Dolshun’s first career base hit and RBI.
The RailCats tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out, RBI double from Wilson.
Rutckyj (1-0) picked up the win in relief, striking out two during a perfect bottom of the ninth.
Drasen Johnson (2-3) took the loss in relief for the RailCats.
McGovern took a no-decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in six and two-thirds innings. McGovern walked three and struck out six.
RailCats’ starter Marshall Pautsch also took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on seven hits in four innings. Pautsch walked one and struck out none.
Daniel Minor worked one and one-third scoreless innings in relief of McGovern. Jordan Ebert had two hits before leaving the game in the top of the fourth due to injury. Ebert has hit safely in eight games in a row.
Game three of the four-game series is Saturday evening at 6:10 p.m. Zach Nuding (2-5, 6.54) takes on left-hander Braulio Torres-Perez (4-2, 4.83). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca beginning with Around the Association at 5:00 p.m. Saturday’s game broadcast can also be heard on 89.5 “The Lake” in Kenora, Ontario.
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, July 11th when they host the Sioux City Explorers. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com