GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (1-0) beat the Texas AirHogs 3-1 in 10 innings at AirHogs Stadium on Thursday night.
Tied at 1-1 in the top of the 10th, Wes Darvill doubled off the left field wall leading off. Willy Garcia followed with a line drive single to right on an 0-2 count that scored Darvill with the go-ahead run. Garcia took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third when Dominic Ficociello singled through the left side. Reggie Abercrombie drove in Garcia on a groundball to make it 3-1. By appearing in Thursday’s game, Abercrombie became the first player in American Association history to play in a 10th different season.
Christian Torres took over for Marcus Crescentini in the bottom of the 10th and recorded two outs before giving way to Victor Capellan. Capellan struck out pinch-hitter Luan Chenchen as the tying run at the plate to earn his first save of the year.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Adrian Marin lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Alex Perez.
The AirHogs (0-1) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and no one on base, Stewart Ijames walked and scored the tying run on a Josh Prince triple to centre field. Prince attempted to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park home run, but was cut down at the plate on a relay from Marin that ended the inning and kept the game tied.
Jack Charleston worked a perfect bottom of the eighth, while Crescentini pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth to strand the winning run in scoring position and send the game to extra innings.
Crescentini (1-0) earned the win, while AirHogs’ reliever Ryan Smith (0-1) took the loss.
Kevin McGovern started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on just two hits over seven innings. McGovern walked two, struck out two, and recorded 17 of hits 21 outs on groundballs.
Zhang Tao started for the AirHogs and also took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on four hits in four innings. Tao walked five and struck out three.
Josh Romanski and Kevin Garcia each had two hits for Winnipeg.
The Goldeyes and AirHogs play game two of their season-opening, four-game series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Mitchell Lambson takes on right-hander Zech Lemond. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes’ 2019 home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 24th versus the Kansas City T-Bones. 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com