(photo courtesy of Ed Bailey)
WICHITA, KS – The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 7-3 to the Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on back-to-back, two-out home runs from Reggie Abercrombie and Josh Mazzola.
The Wingnuts answered back with a run in the bottom half. Logan Watkins led off with a single. Two batters later, Watkins stole both second and third base before scoring on an Abel Nieves sacrifice fly.
With two outs and no one on base in the top of the fourth, Grant Heyman re-extended the Goldeyes’ lead to 3-1 with a line drive home run to right.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Wingnuts scored three times to take the lead. Angel Reyes drew a one-out walk and was followed by a two-run home run from Tony Thomas that tied the game. Chase Simpson tripled into the right field corner and went on to score the go-ahead run on a Logan Trowbridge sacrifice fly.
Reyes lined a home run down the left field line leading off the bottom of the sixth. Zach Nehrir singled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh to provide the game’s final margin.
Charles Gillies (7-5) started for the Wingnuts and picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on four hits in seven innings. Gillies walked one and struck out seven.
Brennan Bernardino (1-2) started for Winnipeg and took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits in six innings. Bernardino walked three and struck out three.
Jack Charleston made his league-leading 52nd appearance of the year and is six appearances shy of Brendan Lafferty’s Goldeyes and American Association record of 58 with 11 games remaining on the schedule.
The Goldeyes travel to Kansas City, Kansas and open a three-game series against the T-Bones on Thursday night. Mitchell Lambson (8-4, 3.29) faces left-hander Adam Bleday (1-1, 2.81). First pitch from T-Bones Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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.