Theres an old saying, “it’s better late than never’ and that was the approach that the Winnipeg Goldeyes took in defeating the Kansas City T-Bones 4-3 in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon.
Reggie Abercrombie belted a solo shot with two strikes against him to lead off the top of the 9th inning and tie the game 2-2.
In the top of the 10th, the Goldeyes took advantage of a David Rohm double, a sacrifice followed by an RBI single by Abercrombie to take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the 10th Jerome Pena connected on a solo home run and extend the game into the 11th inning.
In the 11th Goldeyes infielder and All Star Wes Darvill hit an infield single, stole both second and third base, and scored on a wild pitch to give the Goldeyes the lead again. Evan Rutckyj came in with one out and runners on both first and second and closed the door on another T-Bones rally attempt making the final 4-3 for the Goldeyes.
Ryan Chaffee picked up his first win of the season (1-2) despite blowing the save in the 10th for the Goldeyes while Grant Sides (1-2) was tagged with the loss for the home side.
With the win, the Goldeyes record sits at 35-26 at the All-Star break (on going) good enough for a 1 game lead over the St. Paul Saints who swept the Salina Stockade later Sunday, the suddenly hot Fargo Moorhead Redhawks sit only two games back of the Goldeyes with a record of 33-28.
The Goldeyes now have three days off for the All-Star break and will return to action at Shaw Park on Thursday night July 27th for a huge four game series against Fargo.
First pitch for the series opener is set for 7:05 pm