SIOUX FALLS — It was a milestone night and to celebrate, the Winnipeg Goldeyes pounded their way back Thursday to topple the Fighting Pheasants 8-6 in American Associaton of Independent Baseball action.
The milestone belonged to Goldeyes hurler Ace Walker who pitched six innings in his 100th career appearance for the Goldeyes. He allowed five runs on nine hits and took a no-decision.
The Fish had scored three runs in the top of the third inning before watching their lead dissolve as the home side racked up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Fighting Phesants added singletons in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings before the Goldeyes answered back with four of their own in the top of the eighth inning and a single in the top of the ninth, a towering home run by Yurendell De Caster. De Caster finished the game three-for-three.
Sioux Falls could not muster a comeback and fell short by the 8-6 final score.
The Goldeyes were outhit 13-11 but will gladly take the victory.
Winnipeg remains one-game back of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the battle for for first place in the American Association’s North Division. The sizzling RedHawks beat the Wichita Wingnuts 11-7.
Billy Spottiswood picked up the win for the Goldeyes thanks to two-thirds of relief, while Brian Beuning got the last two outs for the save.