WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (13-6) beat the Sioux City Explorers 3-2 at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
With two outs and no one on base—and down to their final strike on 10 different pitches—the Goldeyes rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. Trailing 2-0, Josh Romanski kept the game alive with a full-count, line drive single down the right field line. Willy Garcia doubled to deep left to put the tying runs in scoring position. Kyle Martin came back from a 1-2 count to draw an eight-pitch walk that loaded the bases. Reggie Abercrombie then walked on a full count to force home Romanski with the Goldeyes’ first run. After falling behind 1-2, Dominic Ficociello worked a full count before ripping a line drive single to right-centre that scored Garcia and Martin with the tying and winning runs.
“We’re committed to playing 27 outs,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Romanski worked the count. The pitcher battled back, but Josh hit a line drive to get us started. Willy gets on base. We put the pitcher behind the eight-ball. Dominic was ready to hit. Certainly a good confidence booster for Dominic, and hopefully it’s the start of some big things for him.”
Tyler Garkow (1-0) picked up the win in relief after pitching a perfect top of the ninth. Matt Pobereyko (0-2) took the loss in relief for the Explorers (6-13).
The Explorers built a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. With first and third and one out, Jose Sermo and Drew Stankiewicz hit back-to-back, groundball RBI singles.
That appeared to be enough for most of the night as Sioux City starter Eric Karch pitched eight shutout innings on five hits. Karch walked one, struck out five, and allowed just one Goldeye to reach second base. Karch took a no-decision.
Goldeyes’ starter Parker French also took a no-decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in seven and two-thirds innings.
Mitchell Aker helped keep the Goldeyes within 2-0, retiring Stankiewicz on a popup to end the eight and strand a pair of inherited runners.
The four-game series concludes Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Kevin McGovern (2-1, 3.86) takes on former Major League right-hander Taylor Jordan (0-2, 9.00). 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