WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (14-11) lost 12-11 in 10 innings to the Gary SouthShore RailCats (15-10) at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
Tied at 11-11 in the top of the 10th inning, Dale Carey drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second base by Andy Paz. After Victor Capellan struck out Reggie Wilson, Wilfredo Gimenez doubled to left to drive in Carey with the go-ahead run.
Eric Aguilera drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 10th before Adam Quintana struck out the side to record his first save of the year.
The Goldeyes reached extra innings after rallying from six runs down in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Trailing 11-5, Dave Sappelt led off by hustling out an infield single. Aguilera walked, and a Reggie Abercrombie infield single loaded the bases. Gavin Stupienski drew a four-pitch, pinch-hit walk to force home Sappelt. After Keaton Steele relieved Gabe Perez for the RailCats, Josh Mazzola lined a single to centre that scored Aguilera and Abercrombie to cut the lead to 11-8. Tucker Nathans then doubled off the left field wall, driving in Stupienski and sending Mazzola to third to put the tying runs in scoring position with still no outs. Steele bounced back to retire the next two hitters before Andrew Sohn ripped a single through the left side that scored Mazzola and Nathans to tie the game.
The RailCats had just rallied for six of their own runs in the top of the inning. Tied at 5-5, Mitch Glasser drew a one-out walk and took second on a single through the left side by Colin Willis. Carey doubled home Glasser with the lead run, while Paz followed with a two-run double down the right field line that stretched the lead to 8-5. The RailCats added three more runs on a Wilson RBI triple, and RBI singles from Gimenez and Alex Crosby. Mazzola relieved Zach Hartman after Crosby’s hit and recorded the final two outs of the inning in his second relief appearance of the year.
Gary SouthShore took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. With two outs and no one on base, Crosby, Andy DeJesus, and Glasser strung together consecutive singles to produce the game’s first run.
The Goldeyes answered right back in the bottom half. Grant Heyman reached on an error by Crosby at first with one out. Jordan Ebert singled, and Sohn walked to load the bases. Sappelt singled on a sharp groundball up the middle to score Heyman and Ebert.
Winnipeg extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Ebert legged out a leadoff double down the right field line, stole third, and scored on a two-out, RBI single from Abercrombie.
The RailCats pulled within 3-2 in the sixth on a Paz RBI single through the left side.
In the top of the seventh Crosby doubled with one out, and scored the tying run on a two-out wild pitch.
The Goldeyes re-gained the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Sohn reached on an infield single with one out and scored from first on a double to right-centre by Sappelt.
Gary SouthShore railed for two runs in the top of the eighth to take a 5-4 lead. Willis was struck out leading off, but reached on a dropped third strike. Two batters later, Paz beat out an infield single, and the RailCats tied the game on a Wilson single up the middle. After Gimenez lined out to right, Cole Fabio singled down the right field line with two outs to score Paz.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kevin Garcia led off with a triple to left and scored the tying run on a two-out single to right by Ebert.
Capellan (0-2) took the loss in relief for the Goldeyes. Steele (2-1) was credited with the win for the RailCats.
Charle Rosario started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six and two-thirds innings. Rosario walked two and struck out three.
Daniel Minor started for the RailCats and also took a no-decision, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings. Minor walked three and struck out nine.
The Goldeyes have Thursday off and open a three-game series at Sioux Falls on Friday. First pitch from Sioux Falls Stadium is at 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca