KANSAS CITY, KS – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (32-27) beat the Kansas City T-Bones 13-2 at T-Bones Stadium on Saturday night.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first. Tyler Hill led off the game with a double to left-centre and took third when Wes Darvill beat out an infield single. After Darvill stole second, Kyle Martin hit a two-run, ground-rule double to right-centre. Willy Garcia singled through the left side, and the Goldeyes made it 5-0 on a three-run home run to right-centre from Dominic Ficociello. Reggie Abercrombie followed with a solo homer to left-centre, and scored his 529th American Association run, tying him with David Espinosa for the league’s all-time record.
In the top of the second, James Harris doubled to right-centre with one out, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Martin followed with an RBI double down the right field line.
The Goldeyes opened a 9-0 lead in the top of the fifth on a solo homer to right-centre from Martin, and a solo shot to left-centre from Ficociello. It was Ficociello’s third career multi-home run game. Ficociello has hit safely in eight consecutive games.
Hill reached on an error leading off the sixth and went to second when Darvill lined a single to right. Three batters later, Willy Garcia plated both runners with a two-out, bloop single to centre.
Alex Perez singled up the middle with one out in the seventh and took third when Kevin Garcia doubled into the left field corner. Hill fought off a double down the right field line that scored Perez and Garcia to make it 13-0.
The T-Bones scored their lone runs on a two-run single from Danny Mars in the bottom of the seventh.
Mitchell Lambson (7-2) started for the Goldeyes on three days of rest and picked up the win. Lambson allowed two earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings. Lambson walked none, struck out five, and was pitching on his 29th birthday. It was also Lambson’s 50th career victory.
Kenny Koplove (2-3) started for the T-Bones (30-28) and took the loss, allowing 11 runs, nine earned, on 15 hits in six innings. Koplove walked one and struck out three.
Tyler Garkow finished the game with two scoreless innings in relief of Lambson. All nine of Winnipeg’s starters had at least one hit and one run scored.
The rubber match of the three-game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Goldeyes have not yet announced their starting pitcher. The T-Bones go with right-hander Jon Perrin (2-0, 3.77). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Wednesday, July 24th when they host the Texas AirHogs at Shaw Park. Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com