Goldeyes Outlast Milkmen, Rain in 4-3 Win
WINNIPEG, MB - The Winnipeg Goldeyes (19-12) beat the Milwaukee Milkmen 4-3 at Shaw Park on Friday night.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Dominic Ficociello tripled down the right field line with one out. After the Milkmen elected to intentionally walk James Harris, left-hander Michael Scimanico relieved right-hander Krystien Johnson-Battilana. Reggie Abercrombie hit a high chopper in front of the plate that allowed Ficociello to race home with the tying run. Wes Darvill drew a full-count walk to load the bases, and the Goldeyes took a 4-3 lead when Harris scored on a Kyle Martin sacrifice fly.
Victor Capellan pitched a perfect top of the ninth to earn his 10th save of the year.
Marcus Crescentini (4-0) earned the win in relief. Johnson-Battilana (1-2) took the loss for Milwaukee.
Winnipeg took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Josh Romanski singled to right leading off. Two batters later, Ficociello walked, and was followed by a line drive single to right from Harris that scored Romanski. Ficociello and Harris each took an extra base on the throw to the plate, and Ficociello then scored on an Abercrombie ground out to third.
The teams endured a one-hour and 41-minute rain delay heading into the bottom of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead on a two-out, three-run triple from Taisei Fukuhara that struck the wall down the left field line.
Ryan Johnson started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, pitching five and one-third shutout innings. Johnson walked two and struck out three.
Tyler Garkow relieved Johnson with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth and escaped the jam with an inning-ending double play ball.
Angel Ventura started for the Milkmen and also took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings. Ventura walked two and struck out four.
The Goldeyes and Milkmen continue their series on Saturday with a double header beginning at 5:05 p.m. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. Kevin McGovern (3-3, 5.12) faces Zac Westcott (1-3, 6.14) in game one, while Harrison Cooney (2-2, 5.95) pitches for Winnipeg in game two. Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes' office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes' official website at www.goldeyes.com.
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