GARY, IN — The Winnipeg Goldeyes (43-30) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 9-7 at US Steel Yard on Sunday afternoon.
Tied 7-7 in the top of the ninth inning, Mason Katz hit a two-strike infield single at Randy Santiesteban, Jordan Ebert bunted, and Andrew Sohn hit a two-run home run to left field that gave the Goldeyes the 9-7 lead.
“Our guys had a good day at the plate,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth. “(Edwin) Carl did a fantastic job on short rest, we had a little hiccup in the bullpen, but we have been asking so much of those guys. Nice to get those two runs in the ninth, and another great effort by (Ryan) Chaffee coming in to nail it down for us. We’re not done yet, with Fargo and St.Paul and the way the Wild Card race is right now, every game matters going forward”
The Goldeyes’ Victor Capellan (1-4, 1.71) earned the win in relief, and Jesse Pratt took the loss for the RailCats.
Sohn led off the game with a double off of Reggie Wilson’s glove, followed by Reggie Abercrombie who hit a two-strike, two-run home run to left field that gave the Goldeyes the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Colin Willis was walked, Jose Gonzalaz singled to shallow right field, and Kris Goodman hit an RBI single to centre field. Gonzalaz scored on a wild pitch and catcher error, and Goodman scored on an Alex Crosby sacrifice fly that gave the RailCats the 3-2 lead.
The Goldeyes responded in the third, Tanner DeVinny led off with a walk, Sohn reached first on a bunt single, David Rohm advanced the bases with a bunt, and Abercrombie hit a two-run single that scored DeVinny and Sohn to retake the lead 4-3.
In the top of the fourth, David Bergin and Wes Darvill were walked back-to-back setting up Katz who hit an RBI single to right field that scored Bergin.
With two-outs in the top of the fifth, Josh Romanski singled to centre field, and Abercrombie hit his second home run of the night, a two-run line drive over the left field wall that extended the Goldeyes lead to 7-3.
The RailCats rallied in the eighth, Crosby singled to centre field, Wilson hit a ground-ball single to centre, the runners advanced on a wild pitch, Cameron Newell was walked to load the bases and Willis was walked that scored Crosby. Frank Martinez came in to pinch hit for Gonzalaz and hit a three-run double to left field that tied the game at 7-7.
Reggie Abercrombie went three-for-four on the day, with two home runs and six RBI’s. In the top of the seventh, on a line drive to centre field the RailCats Chase Harris made a diving catch that robbed Abercrombie of his potential seventh and eighth RBI’s.
“He sees the ball well, and is comfortable against (Charle) Rosario,” said Vaeth. “Credit to him, when he was down in the hole he took what they gave him and slapped it to right field. He was a spectacular defensive play away from eight today, and you’re not going to see a better catch than that. Just a good day and it’s nice to see him heating up going into Sioux Falls.”
The Winnipeg Goldeyes return home on Friday, August 11th when they host the Wichita Wingnuts at 7:05 p.m.
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