The Winnipeg Goldeyes captured another one-run victory on Sunday, beating the Milwaukee Milkmen 4-3 at Shaw Park to take three of four in the weekend series.
Reggie Abercrombie opened the scoring with a solo home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the second. It was Abercrombie’s fourth of the year, and moved him into a tie for second on the Goldeyes’ all-time RBI list at 344.
Wes Darvill opened the home fifth with an infield single. After Darvill stole second, Kyle Martin slugged a line drive, two-run homer to right.
Martin extended Winnipeg’s lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly that plated Dominic Ficociello.
“Little by little,” Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney said on the progress of his team’s offence. “Today we lived on the long ball, and got a lot of offence from Kyle. We’re still a work in progress, but certain individuals are making strides, and the RBI totals are starting to climb.”
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Joel Seddon made the lead stand, allowing two earned runs on five hits over six and two-thirds innings. Seddon had retired 12 in a row before a Garrett Copeland leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Three batters later, Adam Brett Walker launched a two-run homer to left that cut the Goldeyes’ lead in half. Dan Ward followed with a single before Tyler Garkow struck out Taisei Fukuhara in relief of Seddon.
The Milkmen pulled within 4-3 in the eighth on a Copeland RBI single, but Garkow fanned Glen McClain and Christ Conley back-to-back to strand the tying run on third.
“Garkow has a good fastball,” Forney said.
“I don’t think he realizes how good it is. He was kind of speeding their bats up in the middle of the plate. He made an adjustment back to the fastball, and got us out of (the eighth inning).”
Victor Capellan worked a perfect top of the ninth to earn his third one-run save of the weekend, and his league-leading 12th overall this year.
Seddon notched the win, while former Major Leaguer TJ House took his first loss of 2019. House was 5-0 in six starts entering Sunday.
Prior to the game, the Goldeyes re-signed left-hander Joel Bender.
Bender had made six relief appearances before battling upper body tightness.