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FRANKLIN, WI – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (47-40) lost 9-8 to the Milwaukee Milkmen at Franklin Field on Wednesday night.
With the Goldeyes leading 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Brett Vertigan reached on a leadoff infield single. After Logan Trowbridge grounded into a force play, Adam Brett Walker hit a two-run, opposite-field home run to right that won the game.
Ryan Boyer (6-2) picked up the win in relief for Milwaukee (52-37), while Donnie Hart (0-1) took the loss in relief for Winnipeg.
The Goldeyes had taken the lead in the top of the ninth when Raul Navarro drove in Kyle Martin with a double to left-centre. Martin led off the inning with a double down the right field line on an 0-2 count.
The Milkmen took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Walker and a two-out, two-run single from Christian Correa.
Milwaukee made it 4-0 in the bottom of the second when Trowbridge drove in Aaron Hill with a fielder’s choice.
The Goldeyes rallied to take the lead with a five-run top of the third. Max Murphy smacked an opposite-field solo home run to right with one out. Two batters later, Kevin Lachance lined a two-out, solo home run to left-centre. Navarro extended the inning with a walk and scored the Goldeyes’ third run when Logan Hill’s single to left-centre resulted in a throwing error by Milkmen centre fielder Cole Sturgeon. Deon Stafford walked, and a wild pitch moved runners to second and third. Austin Rei then ripped a two-run single to left that put Winnipeg in front 5-4.
Sturgeon led off the bottom of the third with a home run that tied the game, and the Milkmen took a 6-5 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Vertigan.
The score remained 6-5 Milwaukee until the top of the eighth when Tyler Hill slugged a two-out, two-run home run to left-centre.
The Milkmen answered in the bottom of the eighth when Mikey Reynolds led off with a double and scored on a single from Correa.
Dylan Burns started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in two and one-third innings. Burns walked one and struck out one.
Christian Young started for Milwaukee and also took a no-decision, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits in two and two-thirds innings. Young walked three and struck out three.
The series concludes Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m. Jorge Gonzalez (4-5, 5.70) faces right-hander Robbie Gordon (1-1, 3.06). All the action can be heard locally on CJNU 93.7 FM and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return for their final homestand of the regular season beginning August 31st against the Chicago Dogs.
Advanced tickets for all Goldeyes home games are on sale now by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca. For more information about the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ 2021 remaining schedule, ticket options, and the Goldeyes’ comprehensive COVID-19 readiness plan, visit www.goldeyes.com
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