The Winnipeg Goldeyes and Wichita Wingnuts are set to square off in a do-or-die Game 5 tonight at Shaw Park- the Goldeyes forced Game 5 with a victory in 17 innings on Monday night- last nights scheduled Game 5 was rained out.
First pitch is set for 6:05 pm-follow along live here for updates!
Okay folks, I have officially made it into the ballpark. There’s not much in life that I hate, but city traffic and city parking are definitely two of those things that I do hate. Anyway, rather than falling further behind, let me just get us up to date. It’s currently 4-0 Fish, just one out here in the second. The Goldeyes took the lead the last two games, and gave it up. Will that happen tonight? Time will tell. As it stands, we have runners on first and second. Josh Romanski at the plate. Wichita has already changed pitchers, it’s Alex Boshers in. And Romanski walks to load the bases. ABERCROMBIE HAS SINGLED. TWO RUNS IN. ROMANSKI TO THIRD. 6-0. STILL ONE OUT. Pleffner up. HOME RUN PLEFFNER. HOME RUN PLEFFNER. HE’LL DRIVE IN 3! AND IT’S NIIIIIINNNNNNEEEEEE TO NOTHING. Meanwhile, Bergin strikes out. Bags empty, two away for Wes Darvill. And Darvill will fly out to end the inning, but it is 9-0 Winnipeg. Wichita is now playing come back.
Edwin Carl back out for his third inning of work, my first inning of work. Leading off is Jacob Morris. And Carl strikes him out. Leo Vargas now batting. One away, nobody on. Carl is almost impaled by a comebacker, it gets through to center and Vargas is on for Christian Stringer. Wichita looking dejected early on, but this is a team that is certainly capable of coming back. Heck, they scored double-digits on the Fish in Game 1, so they are definitely not done. Stringer walks and there’s two on, one out. Medina is at the plate. 4-6-3 DOUBLE PLAY. INNING OVER. Still 9-0 Goldeyes.
Mason Katz, Andrew Sohn and David Rohm due up here against Boshers. Katz hits back to Boshers, who has got it and Katz is away. Here comes Sohn. Sohn strikes out. Turgeon hits a hard, high pop-up and it’s caught and the side is retired. Wichita with a nice 1-2-3 inning as they try to stop the bleeding. As much as you can when down by 9.
Brent Clevlen is up first against the electrifying Edwin Carl. Another pop-out and another out. Carl retires Clevlen. T.J. Mittelstaedt will give it a shot against Carl, who looks stellar on the mound. There’s a walk, and Chavez is up. Runner on. Chavez grounds to Sohn, and he’s gone. Mittelstaedt to second and the Fish killer Richard Prigatano is up. Wild pitch gets away from Katz, and Mittelstaedt advances to third and he’s 90 feet away from scoring Wichita’s first run. Prigatano up, and technical difficulties aside, he hits it right at Turgeon to end the inning.
We apologize for the technical difficulties folks, but perhaps it’s a good luck charm. Because: Rohm singled, Romanski walked, Abercrombie doubled to drive in Rohm. Shawn Pleffner with a ground-rule double to score Romanski and Abercrombie. Pleffner on second, Bergin up. Still nobody out. Winnipeg ahead by a dozen, it’s 12-0 here in the bottom half of the 4th. Seth Harvey now in the game for Wichita. AND HIS FIRST PITCH IS HAMMERED BY DAVID BERGIN! A 2-RUN JAM THAT MAKES IT 14 TO NOTHING WINNIPEG. Darvill is up and he’ll ground out, he nearly beat that one out. Mason Katz pops out. Andrew Sohn up as we continue to battle technical difficulties at the same rate as the Wichita pitchers battling the Goldeyes hitters (and having just about as much luck as them). Sohn pops out and the inning is over. But Winnipeg puts up another crooked number.
Carl back out. He’s been as steady as they come thus far. Brennen Salgado at the dish, he’ll try and cut into this lead. He flies out to Romanski, and Jacob Morris steps out. He’s a ground-out victim. There’s quickly two away and Leo Vargas is up. He quickly lines it right to Shawn Pleffner, and the side is retired. It’s a quick three up, three down for Carl and the Goldeyes. To the bottom half of the inning we go, Fish will try to pour it on.
Casey Turgeon will lead-off for the Goldeyes. Turgeon with a mile-high pop-up. It lands in a Wingnut glove and he is out. David Rohm will now crowd the plate. Rohm hits it right at Christian Stringer over by the second base bag. Very similar to Vargas’ out in the top half. AA Player of the Year Josh Romanski stands in. Swing and a miss and Romanski is struckout. We will go to the sixth.
Edwin Carl, who has looked dominant thus far, is back out for the sixth inning. He’ll face the top of the order in Stringer, Medina and Clevlen. Stringer with an easy groundball. It’s fielded, thrown to first and he heads back to the dugout. Martin Medina will now try his hand against a calm Edwin Carl. On an 0-2 count, Medina hits a tough ball towards Andrew Sohn, but he makes a nice play on the scoop and throw to first, and Medina is gone. Sohn makes a nice grab on the next at-bat to retire Clevlen, and the inning is over.
Reggie Abercrombie, Shawn Pleffner and David Bergin, who look great tonight after struggling earlier in the series are up this inning for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Josh Goossen-Brown is pitching for the Wingnuts. Reggie Abercrombie draws the lead-off walk, and the lead-off man is on for Shawn Pleffner, who was the regular season batting champ. Pleffner hits it high out to the warning track, Jacob Morris drops the easy catch and an error is scored. Pleffner takes second base, Abercrombie takes third. David Bergin up, nobody out and the Fish are threatening once more. AND DAVID BERGIN SINGLES TO SCORE ABERCROMBIE AND ADVANCE PLEFFNER TO THIRD. Here comes Def Leppard and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” to the sound system, and with that also come Wes Darvill to the plate. Pitch gets away from Medina at home, Pleffner is got in the rundown between third and home for the first out, but Bergin does advance to second. Darvill grounds out, but he does advance Bergin to third. There is two outs. Mason Katz batting. And Mason Katz with a high, high pop-up (high pop-ups seem to be a theme here, don’t they?) and he is retired for the third and final out of the inning. The Goldeyes do tack on one more run.
If Wichita has any plans of winning a championship this season, they ought to get something done soon. They have nine outs to work with, and they’ll try to chip away at this 15-run Winnipeg lead here in the seventh. It’s the heart of the order, it’s T.J. Mittelstaedt, Matt Chavez and Richard Prigatano. Mittelstaedt will start the aforementioned chipping away process, he singles and brings up Chavez with a runner on and nobody out. And Chavez will single as well and there’s two on. Wichita threatening. Prigatano steps up, and the fans are letting him have it. He has been clutch for the Wingnuts, and he’ll get a chance here to put Wichita on the board. Prigatano with a nice double. Mittelstaedt scores. The shutout bid is over. Nice throw by Rohm over in right to hold Chavez at third. Runners are at second and third, still nobody out. Edwin Carl still on the mound, and he’s up against Brennen Salgado. Pitch by Carl gets away from Katz. That scores Chavez and advances Prigatano to third. Salgado ultimately pops out in foul territory to Wes Darvill, and there’s one away. Edwin Carl’s night is done, and he’ll get a standing ovation as he leaves the game, and leaves with a huge lead for the Goldeyes. Runner on third, one down. New pitcher is Mitchell Lambson, who has been very, very solid coming out of the pen this year. He’s facing Jacob Morris, who had the critical drop last inning that ultimately resulted in a run being scored. AND LAMBSON STRIKES HIM OUT. TWO AWAY. Leo Vargas is now up, Prigatano remains on third. It’s 15-2 Goldeyes. SWING AND MISS STRIKE THREE CALLED. INNING OVER. It’s stretch time here at Shaw Park. It’s time for the bottom of the seventh.
Now pitching for Wichita: Austin Boyle. Now batting for Winnipeg: Andrew Sohn. Sohn with gets solid wood on that ball, but he is retired on the throw to first. Casey Turgeon, who had the big game-tying hit last night, steps up. And Turgeon with a nice single to bring up last night’s hero, David Rohm. Rohm will fly out to center, and there’s two away and one on for Josh Romanski. Romanski’s comebacker goes past the mound and in and out of Stringer’s glove, and the inning will continue for Reggie Abercrombie. 2 on, 2 out. And Abercrombie will strikeout and that will end the inning.
The Goldeyes are six outs away from a fourth championship in team history. They have a chance to be the first team to win back-to-back championships since 2007. It’s still Lambson on the mound. The crowd is really into it, we have the wave going here at Shaw Park in downtown Winnipeg. Christian Stringer is up. He hits it toward third. Darvill fields and throws a bullet over to Pleffner at first and Stringer is retired. Martin Medina is at the dish. Medina hits it nice and past the mound, looked like a single but it’s fielded will by Sohn who throws to first and gets Medina by a step for the out. Slugger and former Major Leaguer Brent Clevlen is up. CLEVLEN HITS IT RIGHT INTO TURGEON’S GLOVE AND THE GOLDEYES ARE THREE OUTS AWAY FROM AN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP. 15-2 Goldeyes, we head to the bottom of the eighth.
Mike Devine is now pitching for the Wichita Wingnuts. The Goldeyes will look to add some more insurance runs. Shawn Pleffner due up. PLEFFNER HITS IT TO CENTER IT’S GONNA GET BY MORRIS, IT’S GONNA GO ALL THE WAY TO THE WALL. PLEFFNER SLIDES IN SAFE AT THIRD BASE. AND SHAWN PLEFFNER HAS HIT FOR THE CYCLE. INCREDIBLE. Jordan Ebert to pinch-hit for David Bergin. Pleffner is on third. Nobody out. Ebert grounds out and that brings up Wes Darvill. Darvill hits hard and gets by Clevlen who appears to being playing halfheartedly over at first. Pleffner scores. Katz up. AND KATZ TACKS IT ON. HE HOMERS. A TWO RUN SHOT. THE GOLDEYES ARE UP 18-2. 16-RUN LEAD. KATZ RECORDS ANOTHER HOME RUN FOR THE GOLDEYES, AS THEIR BATS HAVE SUDDENLY COME TO LIFE HERE IN THE DECISIVE GAME. Sohn is up and he flies out. Casey Turgeon will take to the batter’s box. Chants of “balk” raining down here from the Goldeyes faithful. Turgeon is out, but the crowd is alive. Everyone is on their feet. We head to the ninth. Three more outs for Winnipeg. Three. More. Outs.
Crowd is alive. Everyone ready to celebrate a championship. The Goldeyes just need to record three more outs. They are up huge. It’s 18-2. Victor Capellan looks like he will pitch this ninth. Wesley Phillips pinch hits and he’s gone. There’s one. Here is Chavez. Chavez will double and there is a little bit of life here with one away. Zac Fisher now pinch-hitting. Chavez on second. FISHER FLIES OUT. ONE. MORE. OUT. Salgado is the last hope for Wichita. Crowd standing.SALGADO GROUNDS OUT FIRST PITCH SWINGING. THE BALL GAME IS OVER! FISH WIN. FISH WIN. FISH ARE THE CHAMPIONS. THE WINNIPEG GOLDEYES ARE THE 2017 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONS. BACK-TO-BACK. THEY WIN IT ALL AT HOME. THEY WIN IT ALL. FISH WIN! FISH WIN! FISH WIN! FISH WIN! IT’S ALL OVER! FISH WIN!!!!!
Thanks for joining us ladies and gentlemen. Let’s celebrate!