Pheasants Lose Late Lead to Winnipeg
SIOUX FALLS -- The Winnipeg Goldeyes made a late-inning comeback to take down the Sioux Falls Pheasants 8-6 Thursday night in Sioux Falls.
The Pheasants had a 6-3 lead going into the eighth inning, but Winnipeg tallied four runs in the frame, all off of reliever Dan Cooper (1-3). Jose Duran's RBI-double gave the Goldeyes a 7-6 advantage.
"They hit a couple balls really hard, but they floated one hit and got a groundball through the infield... it just wasn't his night," said Pheasants manager Steve Shirley about Cooper's eighth inning.
The Goldeyes had an early lead 3-0 lead. Pheasants' starter Rod Scurry got into trouble in the third inning after a 12-pitch walk to Ryan Carpenter. Another walk and a single loaded the bags with one out, before two singles scored three runs.
Scurry finished his night after six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He also walked five and did not strike out a batter.
The Pheasants came back in the fourth inning, starting with Jared Bolden's two-run home run. Al Quintana was up to bat five batters later and his two-out single, along with two errors, brought home two more runs to give the Pheasants a 4-3 lead.
Cristian Guerrero doubled in the sixth inning and scored via a wild pitch, to extend the lead to 5-3. Guerrero was 2-for-4 with both hits going for extra bases. He also tripled in the second inning.
Four Pheasants had multi-hit performances. Bolden was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Trevor Lawhorn was 2-for-5, and Quintana finished 3-for-4 and added one RBI.
"We're getting guys back in our lineup, and that made us stronger," said Shirley. "It affected the makeup of our lineup and how they pitched to us."
A Goldeye error led to Joe Anthonsen scoring in the seventh inning. Bolden was caught in a rundown trying to steal second and Anthonsen broke for home, baiting second baseman Price Kendall to throw the ball over the catcher's head.
Billy Spottiswood (1-2) earned the win in relief of starter Ace Walker. He hurled one inning and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out two batters and walked one in the seventh inning.
Game two of the four-game series with Winnipeg is at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Sioux Falls Stadium. The Sioux Falls Pheasants have teamed up with Children's Miracle Network for a fun night on at Sioux Falls Stadium. Fans can purchase tickets for just $9 each with $4 from every ticket purchase benefiting the Children's Miracle Network! In addition, each ticket purchased comes with a FREE Dairy Queen blizzard!
Friday Night Fireworks follows the game, sponsored by Sanford Health and All-Star Fireworks.
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