TEN months after swapping teams, pitchers Charle Rosario (2-1) and Daniel Minor (3-2) finally had the chance to do battle.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes traded Minor to the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Aug. 10, 2017 for Rosario, a two-time American Association all-star. On Wednesday night at Shaw Park, both pitchers had the opportunity to show their former teams what they’re missing.
They had solid performances and put up similar numbers, but it was the RailCats who came away with a memorable 12-11 10-inning victory.
The loss falls on the shoulders of the Goldeyes’ bullpen, as they combined to surrender 10 runs on 13 hits. When Rosario left the game after six and two-third innings, the Fish led 3-2. Rosario gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out four. Minor struck out nine batters in six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.
The teams headed into the ninth inning tied 5-5 after Goldeyes’ outfielder Jordan Ebert tied the game in the eighth on an RBI single. The game didn’t stay tied for long, as Fish reliever Zach Hartman was blasted for six runs on seven hits in the ninth. The loss also wasted a strong performance by former major league outfielder Dave Sappelt. The 31-year old Sappelt, who was playing in his second game as a member of the Goldeyes after signing with the team on Tuesday, had three hits and three RBIs in the loss.
Despite going into the bottom of the ninth down 11-5, the Goldeyes managed to extend the game, as the offence quickly got to work by loading the bases with zero outs. After Fish catcher Kevin Garcia took a walk to scor a run, back-to-back hits from Tucker Nathans and Josh Mazzola made it an 11-9 game. After Gary reliever Keaton Steele retired two straight batters, Goldeyes’ shortstop Andrew Sohn came up with a clutch hit to plate two runs and tie the game at 11 to force extras.
Gary reclaimed the lead in the 10th inning as Wilfredo Gimenez hit a double off of Goldeyes’ closer Victor Capellan to score the game-winning run. The Fish were forced to use seven relievers to close out the game — including third baseman Mazzola, who finished the ninth. Gary finished the game with 21 hits, while Winnipeg had 14.
With the win, Gary (15-10) avoided a three-game series sweep and jumped ahead of the Goldeyes (14-11) in the standings.
The Goldeyes will have a chance to get back in the win column on Friday night, as they open a three-game road series against the Sioux Falls Canaries.
— Taylor Allen