The Winnipeg Goldeyes host the Wichita Wingnuts in Game 4 of the American Association Championship at Shaw Park- with the Goldeyes trying to stay alive in the series ,stay tuned here for updates:
Hello folks and welcome to Game 4 of the American Association Championship series. It’s a must win for the Goldeyes, who trail 2-1 in the Best-of-5 series. The Fish send Charle Rosario to the mound, Wichita counters with Eddie Medina. Rosario was a late season edition – coming over from the Gary SouthShore RailCats. He was on the hill for the Goldeyes Game 1 loss, and he’ll look to rebound tonight with the Fish up against the wall.
A positive note for the Goldeyes – shortstop Andrew Sohn has drawn back into the lineup. He’ll replace Jordan Ebert, and bat ninth. Wichita is looking to put the Goldeyes away tonight and capture a second championship, as they celebrate their 10th year.
Christian Stringer leads off the game for Wichita against Charle Rosario. Home crowd really into it. We are underway! First pitch outside, and a ball. Stringer hits out to center, and Reggie Abercrombie is under it. One away. Martin Medina to the plate. Medina pops out to Andrew Sohn over at shortstop. Now batting is Brent Clevlen, who drove in the tying run last night. It’s a quick three up, three down for the Wingnuts. Rosario forces Clevlen to fly to the same spot as Stringer.
Casey Turgeon to lead off. Turgeons hits it hard and it’s long run for Richard Prigatano, but Turgeon is ultimately retired for the Goldeyes’ first out. David Rohm, who has had a stellar postseason thus far, is up. Rohm strikes out on a ball way outside, this brings up 2017 American Association Player of the Year, Josh Romanski. Romanski battles from down 0-2 for a single. He reaches with two down, bringing up former major leaguer, Reggie Abercrombie. Abercrombie will strike out but reaches first on a passed ball. Batting champ Shawn Pleffner up with two on and two out. Pleffner with a weak comebacker to Medina, and that will end the inning. At the very least, the Fish forced Medina to throw quite a few pitches that half-inning.
Rosario back to the mound. He’ll face T.J. Mittelstaedt, Matt Chavez and Richard Prigatano. Rosario goes ahead 0-2 and while Mittelstaedt evened up the count he ended up flying to Rohm. Chavez to the plate, and Chavez with an easy pop-out. Prigatano steps up, two away. Prigatano draws the walk, all four balls their looked strikeworthy, according to what was called in the first inning. Brennen Salgado steps up, as Prigatano gives Wichita their first base-runner. Salgado with a swing and a miss, and that’s a huge strikeout for Rosario to strand Prigatano. To the bottom half we go…
Goldeye home run king David Bergin, Canadian Wes Darvill and super utility man Mason Katz due up for the Fish. Bergin draws the full count base on balls and the Goldeyes have the lead-off man on. Darvill comes to the plate and successfully bunts Bergin over to second. One away and a runner in scorin position for Katz. Katz grounds out one pitch in and there’s down gone. Andrew Sohn returns to the lineup tonight and will crowd the plate. AND GOODBYE! ANDREW SOHN RETURNS AND ON THE FIRST PITCH DRIVES ONE DEEP TO LEFT. IT’S A TWO RUN SHOT AND THE GOLDEYES HAVE A 2-0 LEAD. Casey Turgeon is up with two down. Turgeon with a sharp hit out towards right, but it’s fielded by Stringer and Turgeon is out to end the inning. But, for the second night in a row the Goldeyes take the lead early.
Rosario looking for a shutdown inning here. He faces Jacob Morris, Leo Vargas and Christian Stringer. Hitters 8, 9 and 1. Morris hits it to left, cut off nicely by Romanski. Lead-off man reaches for Wichita, Vargas up. Vargas grounds a potential double play ball that eats up Andrew Sohn, and everyone is safe. 2 on and no out for Stringer, and Wichita is threatening. Rosario with a nice strikeout of Stringer. Medina steps up. Rosario with a full count walk of Medina, and the bases are juiced with just one out for Brent Clevlen. With the count 3-1, Wes Darvill absolutely climbs the ladder to catch a line drive by Clevlen and there’s two outs as the runners hold. Mittelstaedt up. Mittelstaedt with a single and all of a sudden we are tied. Mittelstaedt takes second on the throw to third. Runners on second and third, Chavez up. Goldeyes in a similar scenario to last night. Early visit to the mound here by Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. Rosario induces a groundout and the Goldeyes escape. We are tied at 2 and the Fish will get their chance to bat.
David Rohm is the lead-off batter. Rohm with a nice single and he’s aboard. Up is Josh Romanski. Romanski drives a deep ball to the warning track on the first pitch, but it’s caught and he is retired. Rohm holds. Abercrombie up. Wild pitch gets away from Medina and Rohm advances into scoring position as he takes second. One man down. Abercrombie chases a pitch down and away will strikeout. Pleffner is up, two outs and runner in scoring position. Another wild pitch by Medina and Rohm moves to third. Pleffner grounds out and this time it’s the Wingnuts who escape.
Rosario looking for a bounce-back inning here. Prigatano to lead-off. Prigatano with a hit towards Turgeon. He’s got it and Prigatano goes back to the dugout. Salgado is quickly up and down as he hits it towards David Rohm. Two men out. Three up, three down. Jacob Morris smacks it to right. With both Turgeon and Rohm in the vicinity, Turgeon makes the call and the catch. Rosario gets the solid inning he needed.
David Bergin steps up as the lead-off man. Bergin with a swing and miss and he’s down on strikes. Def Leppard hits the sound system here at Shaw Park, which means that third baseman Wes Darvill is up. Darvill hits it right at Clevlen over at first, and he’s retired. Mason Katz will step to the plate. Katz draws the four pitch walk. Andrew Sohn, who homered last time around, steps up with two down and a runner on. Sohn with a nice swing out toward right-center, but Prigatano slides and makes the grab, and Medina retires Sohn and gets a nice inning of work himself.
Leo Vargas, who has had quite the series thus far will bat first here for the Wingnuts. Vargas with a comebacker, Rosario catches it on one-hop and easily throws to first and there’s one man down for the top of the order in Christian Stringer. Stringer himself hits a soft comebacker and again Rosario throws to Pleffner and Stringer is retired. 2 outs for the catcher Martin Medina. Medina with a high fly ball and Sohn makes the call and the catch, and Rosario with a second straight nice inning in which he retired the side in order.
Casey Turgeon is up first against the righty, Eddie Medina. Turgeon hits to the warning track, but it’s not deep enough and he’s out. David Rohm will crowd the plate with one away and nobody on. Rohm hits it right at Clevlen. Romanski steps up. Romanski will draw the walk. Reggie Abercrombie (who I mentioned yesterday as my favourite Goldeye) is at the plate. Third wild pitch of the game for Medina advances Romanski to second. Count is 2-2 to Reggie. Romanski in scoring position. Abercrombie swings and misses and he’s down on strikes. Inning over.
Charle Rosario out for a sixth inning of work. Brent Clevlen, T.J. Mittelstaedt and Matt Chavez due up. As mentioned yesterday, this trio, along with Richard Prigatano is the heart of this Wingnut lineup. And Clevlen gets it going with a single, and Wichita will look to take their first lead of the game. Mittelstaedt up. Mitch Lambson is up and getting warm for the Goldeyes. ROMANSKI WITH A DIVE AND A CATCH AND HE ROBS MITTELSTAEDT OF EXTRA BASES. Chavez up, Clevlen on first and one away. Chavez with a single past the dive of Turgeon. Runners on the corners, one down and Wichita is again threatening. Goldeyes are being out-hit 5-3 right now. The Goldeyes are just 6-26 on the year when being out-hit. Prigatano, the hero from last night, steps up. Prigatano with a single, and Wichita with the lead. Rosario is done, and Lambson is in. Runners on the first two bases and there’s just one out. Lambson’s first pitch is belted, but Rohm makes the catch to retire Brennen Salgado. Jacob Morris is up, now there’s runners on the corners with two down. Morris with a popout just into foul territory and that’s the inning. However, Wichita takes the lead and the Fish find themselves in a familiar situation: behind.
Medina back on the mound working with his first lead of the game, Wichita ahead 3-2. Shawn Pleffner to lead-off. Josh Goossen-Brown, last night’s winning pitcher, is getting warm for the Wingnuts. Pleffner hits it deep to center, but it’s not deep enough as it’s caught at the warning track. David Bergin now up. Bergin hits it well as well, but again it’s right at Morris center. Darvill up with two down. Darvill with a nice single and the tying run is on with two men out for Mason Katz. Darvill with a successful steal of second. 2-2 to Katz. Katz taps it gently back to Medina, who wiggles out of the inning and strands Darvill, successfully protecting the Wingnut lead.
Lambson still out for the Fish. Leo Vargas is the first batter he will face this inning. Goossen-Brown has sat down for the Wingnuts, but Austin Boyle is up throwing, as eyes the bottom half of this inning. Meanwhile, Lambson strikes out Vargas. Stringer up. Stringer hits it toward Pleffner off the bag at first, tosses it over to Lambson who tumbles while running to first but records out. Two are away here for Martin Medina, who stands in. Inconsistent strike-zone continues for the ump, and the crowd is really letting him have it. Lambson has a one, two, three inning, as Medina grounds out. It’s stretch time here at Shaw Park. To the bottom half…
Goldeyes down to their final nine outs, they have to get something going. New pitcher in for Wichita, it’s Austin Boyle. That closes the book on a solid start for Eddie Medina, who is in line to get the win. Leading off is Andrew Sohn. Sohn is rung-up and is the first out of the inning. Casey Turgeon to bat. Victor Capellan is getting warm for the Goldeyes. After falling behind in the count, Casey Turgeon gets the free pass on the walk. David Rohm steps up, one on, one out, down by one. Rohm will ground out, Turgeon takes second. Two away for Romanski. Romanski flies out. Boyle leaves Turgeon stranded in scoring position. Inning over.
Victor Capellan, who took the loss last night, is out for the eighth and will look for redemption. First baseman Brent Clevlen at the plate. Wingnuts have Mike Devine warming up with an eye to the eighth. Capellan issues a five pitch lead-off walk, and Wichita will look to tack on an insurance run. T.J. Mittelstaedt will fly out. Matt Chavez steps up. Clevlen steals second. Chavez hits it deep but this one Rohm has got. Prigatano, who drove in the go-ahead run will step the plate with two on as Clevlen advances to third, and is 90 feet away from scoring a huge insurance run. SWING AND A MISS AND PRIGATANO IS DOWN ON STRIKES. Capellan gets out of the inning.
Goldeyes have to get something going here against new Wichita reliever Mike Devine. Reggie Abercrombie steps up to the plate. Meat and potatoes of the Fish batting order here. Abercrombie grounds it to short, it’s a poor throw in the dirt to first, and Reggie is on base after an error. Here comes American Association batting champ, Shawn Pleffner. Devine with a huge strikeout of Pleffner and there’s one down. Goldeyes with just 4 hits here in the eighth. David Bergin will step up. Pitch nearly hits Bergin, called a strike. Bergin grounds into a 5-4-3 inning ending double play. The Fish bats are once again quiet. Wichita is three outs away from an American Association championship, and they’ll get one more chance to add to their lead.
Canadian left-hander Evan Rutckyj will take the mound for the Goldeyes. Leading off is Brennen Salgado. Salgado is sat down with strikeout, as Rutckyj picks up his first K. Rutckyj gets the job done against the left-handed batter Salgado and in comes Goldeye closer Ryan Chaffee. Morris is struck out looking Chaffee and there’s two men down in the inning. Leo Vargas will bat. And Vargas flies out and that will end the inning. Last chance upcoming for the Goldeyes.
Out to try and seal the championship for Wichita is Ryan Kussmaul. Wes Darvill, Mason Katz and Andrew Sohn, hitters 7, 8 and 9, will have something to say about that. It’s the last hope for the Goldeyes. An hit out to left is misplayed by the Wingnuts and Darvill is aboard. He’s a threat to steal, not sure he’ll attempt to here. Katz steps up. Katz sacrifice bunts Darvill over to second. He’s retired. Andrew Sohn up with Darvill in scoring position. Sohn is struck-out looking and that’s huge. Casey Turgeon is the last hope for the Fish. He’s 0-for-3 tonight. And Turgeon grounds out. Wichita is celebrating. Wait, no… That’s a balk. The Goldeyes survive… for now. Darvill on third now. Turgeon still up. Confusion and mayhem has broken loose here in Downtown Winnipeg. TURGEON DOUBLES. TURGEON DOUBLES. WOO HOO!!!! DARVILL IS HOME! WE HAVE A TIE GAME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I REPEAT TIE GAME. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! The infield is having a meeting for Wichita. Rohm up, Turgeon in scoring position. Two down. What a change of events. Crowd alive and well now. Rohm falls behind 0-2, but battles back and walks. Josh Romanski, AA Player of the Year, steps to the plate. Runners on first and second, two down. What drama. Romanski flies out. The Goldeyes have got it tied. It is time to re-focus.
To extras we go… Goldeyes rallied to tie, now they need a big shutdown inning. Opening night starter Mikey O’Brien in now. Top of the order up for Wichita. It’s Stringer, Medina and Clevlen. They precede the dangerous group of hitters in Mittelstaedt, Chavez and Prigatano. Stringer with a well-hit ball but Romanski chases it down out in left-center. Medina to the plate. O’Brien strikes out Medina. Two gone. Here comes Brent Clevlen. O’BRIEN STRIKES OUT CLEVLEN. Nice redemption for O’Brien after struggling earlier this post-season. We have a ball game folks.
Here come the Fish bats. Let’s see if the last inning has woken them up. It’s the heart of the order: former Major Leaguer Reggier Abercrombie, regular season batting champ Shawn Pleffner, and Goldeyes’ home run leader, David Bergin. They’ll face Kussmaul, who goes back out for a second inning of work after blowing the save. The Goldeyes have some fight. Down to their last strike last inning, they rallied to tie it. Abercrombie has worked the count full… 11 pitches deep. Reggie strikes out for a fourth time, but he did work Kussmaul for 12 pitches. Shawn Pleffner steps up here. Pleffner hits a long single, and perhaps that’s enough to break him out of his funk. David Bergin is up. Pleffner on first, one down. Bergin hits a potential double play ball, Wichita opts for the easy out at first. Pleffner moves into scoring position for Wes Darvill who enters to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” with two men down. Darvill pops it way, way up and the catcher Medina makes the catch for the final out. On to the next inning…
Goldeyes offense threatened last inning, but could not capitalize. They will now have to rely on another big inning by Mikey O’Brien, as he faces the dangerous trio of Mittelstaedt, Chavez and Prigatano. Mittelstaedt swings and misses and he’s down on strikes. One down, two to go her for O’Brien and the Fish defense. Chavez hits a nice single and he’s aboard for Prigatano, who has had the Goldeyes’ number this series. Clutch player in a clutch moment for the Wingnuts. PRIGATANO IS RUNG UP, STRIKE THREE CALLED. Brennen Salgado steps to the plate, Chavez on first, two men down. SWING AND A MISS AND HE GOT HIM. GOOD-BYE SALGADO. O’BRIEN STRIKES OUT THE SIDE AND WE HEAD TO THE BOTTOM HALF. TIE GAME.
New pitcher for Wichita is Josh Goossen-Brown, last night’s winning pitcher. He’ll try to send this game to a 12th inning. He’ll face Mason Katz, Andrew Sohn and the hero from the ninth, Casey Turgeon. Katz is down on three straight strikes. Sohn up. He has a homer in this ball game. And Sohn too is down on strikes. Bats a little too eager for the Fish. Casey Turgeon will now enter the batter’s box. AND HE’S ABOARD WITH A SINGLE. Two down, Turgeon with good speed on first. David Rohm steps in. TURGEON GOES TO STEAL SECOND, THE BALL GETS BY SECOND AND INTO THE OUTFIELD. TURGEON TAKES THIRD ON THE ERROR. Count 1-1 to Rohm, two away. Rohm grounds out and it’s an opportunity lost. To the 12th we go…
You have to figure that with the offensive threats on these two teams that something has got to give. Someone will break the game open. The Goldeyes just hope it happens during the last at-bat of the game. O’Brien out for his third inning of relief work. He will face Jacob Morris, Leo Vargas and Christian Stringer, hitters 8, 9 and 1. O’Brien issues a lead-off walk to Morris and there’s life for Wichita once more. Vargas up. Vargas bunts Morris over to second. He’s in scoring position, one down for Stringer. Zach Dodson getting warm for Winnipeg. Stringer grounds out but advances Morris to third. Martin Medina to the plate with the go-ahead run 90 feet away and two down. Medina hits it out to right, it’s quite a chase, but Rohm has got it and the side is retired.
We have arrived at the bottom of 12, still deadlocked. Goldeyes will send the big bats up against Goossen-Brown, who was solid last inning. It’s Josh Romanski, Reggie Abercrombie and Shawn Pleffner. Goossen-Brown whips one at Romanski’s head and the Fish slugger has to dive to the ground and out of harm’s way. Another high pitch brushes Josh off the plate. 2 balls, 2 strikes is the count. Romanski is struck out. Abercrombie will step in. Nobody on, one man out. And Abercrombie with a ground ball out. Pleffner in. And with another ground ball out, this time of Pleffner, we head to the 13th. Nothing resolved. Still a 3-3 ball game.
It appears that the AA midnight curfew (in which games are suspended at midnight, regardless of the score) does not apply in the playoffs. So we really could go all night… It looks like Mikey O’Brien will go out for another inning. First up for Wichita is Brent Clevlen. Clevlen hits hard and it gets by O’Brien, but he’s backed up nicely by Turgeon who throws to first and there’s one away. T.J. Mittelstaedt is up. And Mittelstaedt flies out into foul ground to Darvill, and there is two away now. O’Brien still on the mound. Chavez to the plate. Chavez with a two-out single, bringing up the very clutch Richard Prigatano. Prigatano with a tough single, runners on first and second, two down. Brennen Salgado comes to the plate with the go-ahead runner in scoring position. A nice liner by Salgado, but Sohn leaps into the air and has it, and O’Brien is out of the inning.
What a marathon of a game. These two teams do realize that there’s kids in the crowd with school tomorrow, right? New pitcher for Wichita is right-hander James Campbell. Due up: David Bergin, Wes Darvill, Mason Katz. Fish trying to generate something as the game nears midnight. Bergin grounds out. He continues to struggle. Canadian-born Wes Darvill comes to the plate. Darvill down on strikes. The Fish bats are cold again. Mason Katz will try his hand with two outs. Katz grounds out on the first pitch and we will head to a 14th inning of play.
O’Brien is still on the mound. Goldeyes certainly getting quality innings from him tonight. Fish will hope that that will continue as we enter the 14th. Jacob Morris, Leo Vargas and Christian Stringer due up. Morris grounds down the left field line, but Darvill scoops and makes the long throw to the first, and there’s one down. Vargas with a single that Abercrombie nearly catches. Vargas will take first and Wichita has another base runner. Stringer up. He is 0-for-6 tonight. O’Brien walks him. Two on, one out. Big moment in this game. Martin Medina is at the plate. O’Brien with a big strikeout of Medina and there’s two down. Brent Clevlen is up. Still two runners on, one in scoring position. O’BRIEN STRIKES HIM OUT. CLEVLEN IS SENT PACKING. TO THE BOTTOM HALF WE GO.
You know folks, it’s things like this that make me want to reconsider my relationship with coffee. That being, I don’t drink coffee. Maybe I should. Anywho, enough of that, let’s get back to the core of this conversation: baseball. Campbell goes back out for Wichita. Andrew Sohn is batting first. Sohn grounds out to first. Casey Turgeon up. Campbell has looked good in relief. Turgeon pops out in foul ground as the clock strikes midnight. We are still going. David Rohm will get a chance. Rohm hits a single and there’s a man on. Josh Romanski steps up, Rohm on first, two down. It’s been a frustrating night for Romanski, as it has been for several Fish bats. Romanski pops out, and (and I’m sure tired of reading this) the game will go on.
O’Brien still out there. Mittelstaedt with a lead-off single. Matt Chavez up. Wichita threatening to manufacture a run. Tough grounder for Chavez. Mittelstaedt does advance into scoring position for Prigatano, but he probably should’ve been safe. A nice throw by Sohn prevented that from happening. One down. O’BRIEN WITH ANOTHER STRIKEOUT. Prigatano is out, Salgado is up. Two down, Mittelstaedt in scoring position over on second. They will intentionally walk Salgado and go after Jacob Morris. O’Brien pops out Morris and he gets out of the jam. O’Brien has certainly redeemed himself. He’s fanned 8 Wingnuts thus far.
The Goldeye pitching staff has combined for 45 outs. The Wingnuts will try to match that in the bottom half of this inning. The crowd here at Shaw Park is sparse, but those that are still here have been treated to a fine ball game. Now pitching for Wichita is Seth Harvey. Abercrombie, Pleffner and Bergin are up. They have all struggled mightily so far. You have to wonder how many innings of shutout ball can the Fish expect from O’Brien. Time to make something happen. Abercrombie will not, he pops out. A pitch that appeared to be a ball was called a strike. Pleffner is out. Bergin up. Two away, nobody on. Bergin with a huge, high fly out. Not enough zip on it and it’s an out.
Well, I’m closing in on a word count of 4,000, and we are guaranteed at least one more full inning of baseball. We will now see lefty Zack Dodson come in. That leaves the Fish with only Kenny Mathews remaining in the pen. Solid job there by O’Brien in six innings of relief work. It will be Leo Vargas, Christian Stringer and Martin Medina for the Wingnuts. It has certainly been a pitchers’ duel thus far. Vargas is just able to squeeze out an infield single, and the lead-off man has reached here for Wichita in the 16th. Stringer bunts Vargas over to second, which something Wichita does not commonly do. One down, runner in scoring position for Medina. Well-hit comebacker to Dodson advances Vargas to third, but Medina is retired. Clevlen to bat. SWING AND A MISS AND DODSON IS OUT OF THE JAM. We are officially 10 minutes away from the latest finishing game in Goldeye history. Seriously.
As mentioned, the latest finishing Goldeye game in team history finished at 12:48 a.m. As of this writing, it is currently 12:39, and we’ve got a half-inning at least to go. Harvey will go back out for Wichita. It’s Darvill, Katz and Sohn for the Goldeyes. Darvill grounds out. How many ground outs is that now? Anyway, here comes Mason Katz. Katz fights hard, but he is down on strikes. Sohn up. Sohn down. Three strikes. On the bright side, at least we’re gonna break that record for latest finishing game. We’re nearing 1 in the morning.
To the 17th we go. Dodson out for another inning. T.J. Mittelstaedt if up first. By the way, this is now officially the latest game in Goldeyes’ history. Dodson plunks Mittelstaedt on his second pitch, and Wichita has their lead-off man on base again. Matt Chavez is up. And Chavez has struck out. Here comes Richard Prigatano again. Mittelstaedt still on first, one down. Dodson had Mittelstaedt picked off, Mittelstaedt tried to find safety over at second but he tagged out by Turgeon. There’s now nobody on and two away here in the 17th inning of action. Prigatano with a single, and now Mittelstaedt’s out at second is even bigger. Brennen Salgado steps up, Prigatano on first, two outs. AND SALGADO IS DOWN ON STRIKES. DODSON ESCAPES ANOTHER JAM.
So, it looks like Tyler Kane is entering the game for the Wichita Wingnuts. Top of the order for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, it’s Casey Turgeon, David Rohm and Josh Romanski. Fish with 9 hits thus far, Wingnuts with 13. Turgeon with a nice hit, it was tough play and the throw pulled Clevlen off the bag over at first. Turgeon is safe and the Fish have a man on, and no one out. David Rohm to the plate. Turgeon has speed. ROHM RIPS A DOUBLE. ROHM RIPS A DOUBLE. TURGEON SCORES! GOOD-BYE! FISH WIN! FISH WIN! WE ARE HEADED TO A GAME 5. DAVID ROHM IS THE HERO.
That will do it for us for tonight. Wichita was one strike away from a championship, but a balk canceled their celebration. The Goldeyes stave off elimination and force a Game 5 for tomorrow night (well today). Good night!