WINNIPEG – The Goldeyes lost 4-2 to the Sioux Falls Canaries in 18 innings, a new record for longest game, at Shaw Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Tied at 2-2 in the top of the 18th inning, David Bergin lined a double to left field. Chris Grayson followed with a two-run home run down the right field line. Kyle Schepel then worked a perfect bottom of the 18th to record his fifth save of the year.
The 18 innings played are a new American Association record. The Goldeyes and Wichita Wingnuts played 17 innings in Game Four of the 2017 American Association Championship Series on September 18th at Shaw Park. The Fort Worth Cats and Pensacola Pelicans also played a 17-inning game on August 3rd, 2007.
Tuesday’s game also set an American Association regular season record for longest game by duration at five hours and 33 minutes. The previous regular season mark was held by the Goldeyes and Kansas City T-Bones, who played a five-hour and 25-minute game on July 15th, 2017 at Shaw Park. Game Four of the 2017 Championship Series holds the overall record at five hours and 59 minutes.
Sioux Falls (20-28) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a double steal attempt by Grayson and Michael Hart. With the runners in motion, an errant throw to third went down the left field line and allowed both Grayson and Hart to cross the plate.
In the bottom of the sixth, Reggie Abercrombie singled to centre with one out, stole second base, and took third on a throwing error. Abercrombie scored Winnipeg’s first run on a wild pitch. The stolen base was the 500th of Abercrombie’s 19-year professional career (Major Leagues, affiliated minor leagues, Mexican League, and North American Independent Leagues).
Josh Romanski lined a single to left leading off the bottom of the eighth, and scored the tying run three batters later on a two-out, RBI double from Grant Heyman.
Tyler Wolfe (1-1) earned the win in relief for the Canaries, pitching four shutout innings. Carter Johnson (1-3) took the loss for the Goldeyes, allowing two earned runs in three relief innings.
Alex Boshers started for Winnipeg and took a no-decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits over six innings. Boshers walked two and struck out three.
Kevin Folman started for the Canaries and also took a no-decision, allowing one unearned run on three hits in six frames. Folman walked three and struck out four.
Jack Charleston, Victor Capellan, Cameron McVey, Brandon Bingel, and PJ Browne combined for nine shutout relief innings. Goldeyes’ pitchers totaled 15 strikeouts in the game.