WICHITA, KS – The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 4-3 to the Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Tuesday night.
Tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Wingnuts’ third baseman Chase Simpson led off with a line drive home run to right field that won the game.
The Goldeyes erased a 3-1 deficit in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score. Facing left-handed reliever Brady Bowen, left-handed hitters Tucker Nathans and Josh Romanski opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Entering the game, left-handers were batting .222 against Bowen. After Reggie Abercrombie was struck out, Josh Mazzola ripped a double down the left field line that scored Nathans. Josh McAdams then pinch hit for Grant Heyman , and chopped a single up the middle that plated Romanski with the tying run. Wingnuts’ centre fielder Zach Nehrir made a strong throw to the plate that cut down Mazzola with the potential go-ahead run.
Winnipeg struck first for a second straight night. With two outs and no one on base in the top of the third, Abercrombie doubled down the left field line. Mazzola followed with an RBI single through the left side. Mazzola finished the game with three hits, and is now 13 shy of 1,000 for his professional career.
The Wingnuts tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Angel Reyes singled through the right side with two outs, stole second base, and came home on a Tony Thomas double to right-centre.
In the bottom of the sixth, Reyes reached second with one out on a two-base error. Thomas followed with a triple down the right field line, and then scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1 Wichita.
Felix Carvallo (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Wichita, while Edwin Carl (3-4) took the loss in relief for Winnipeg.
PJ Browne started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on five hits in five innings. Browne walked one and struck out five.
Jordan Cooper started for the Wingnuts and also took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on seven hits in seven innings. Cooper walked two and struck out four.
Victor Capellan pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Winnipeg. By virtue of the Gary SouthShore RailCats’ victory in the opener of their double header on Tuesday, the Goldeyes were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
The series concludes Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Brennan Bernardino (1-1, 1.93) faces right-hander Charles Gillies (6-5, 4.50). Wednesday marks the Goldeyes’ last ever game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, which is scheduled to close at the conclusion of the 2018 season. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Monday, August 27th when they host the St. Paul Saints. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by clicking here, or visiting the box office at Shaw Park.