It was a frustrating night for Goldeyes fans as the Fish dropped their second-straight game, fading in the final innings, and falling 6-5 to the Wichita Wingnuts.
The Goldeyes led through seven frames, but gave up two late runs to blow a lead against the league-leading Wingnuts.
The Fish had their chances in the ninth, but with one out and the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Brock Bond, Wingnuts' closer Matt Nevarez came up with a pair of strikeouts, fanning Donnie Webb and Tyler Kuhn to close it out.
The Fish got off to a hot start as Bond, who has recently found a home at the top of the order, led off with a double to left field and was immediately brought home by Webb, who slapped a double of his own. Then Casey Haerther hit a line drive up the middle to score Webb to put the Fish up 2-0.
David Espinosa of the Wingnuts put his team on the board in the fourth with a solo shot to cut the Fish lead to 2-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, newly acquired Sam Kimmel singled to start and inning and two batters later Ryan Pineda crushed his third homer of the season to put the Fish up 4-1.
But, never count out a team as good as Wichita. Fish starter Matthew Jackson gave up back-to-back singles to start the fifth, including one that bounced off his leg, but he would be good to continue. Then Wingnuts second baseman Jake Kahaulelio hit a ball over the head of Fish second bagger Bond to make it 4-2.
With runners on first and second, the next batter, Espinosa, hit a liner to centre that was misplayed by outfielder Reggie Abercrombie, who over-ran the ball, allowing both runners to score and knotting things at 4-4. Abercrombie would atone during his next at bat in the fifth.
With Kuhn standing on third and one out he sent a deep ball to centre for the sacrifice fly, putting Winnipeg up 5-4.
But the Wingnuts weren't going down that easy. Brent Clevlen tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth with a solo homer to left. They added the winner in the ninth with a lead-off double and a single to left.
óó ON THE MOUND
Matthew Jackson was solid on the mound through seven innings. He allowed eight hits and four runs, earning a no-decision to keep his record at 8-6 on the season.
Brendan Lafferty relieved the starter in the eighth, giving up the crucial tying home run. Chris Kissock came on in the ninth to give up the tie-breaking run.
óó UP NEXT
The Goldeyes and Wingnuts meet for Game 3 of the four-game series tonight at 6 p.m.
-- Kyle Edwards