WINNIPEG. Man. | Winnipeg continued its hex over Sioux City scoring a run in the eighth inning to win a 4-3 American Association baseball game at Shaw Park Tuesday.
Reggie Abercrombie dropped a two-out single into shallow right field and after stealing second base, scored on Shawn Pleffner's double to give the Goldeyes what turned out to be the winning run.
The loss was the ninth straight for Sioux City, which tied a franchise high. The X's got a solid start from pitcher Cody Forsythe but were unable to get the win.
Forsythe overcame a rough first inning where he gave up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Forsythe settled down to retire the next 13 Goldeyes and had a 3-1 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Tyler Ogle in the sixth frame and Michael Lang's RBI single in fourth which scored Ogle when a relay throw from the outfield was misplayed.
The win was the eighth straight in the series between the teams for Winnipeg, a streak that began after the Goldeyes had the final game of a three-game set in Sioux City on June 8 postponed due to health issues on the team. The X's had taken the previous two games of the series but have not won over their Canadian rivals since.
Mason Katz ended Forsythe's run of outs with a lead-off double into the left field corner to start the Winnipeg sixth. Lang, however, had a big leaping catch crashing into the fence in right field to deny Andrew Sohn extra bases and keep the X's lead at two.
Forsythe got the first two outs in the seventh inning but ran into trouble after surrendering a single to Pleffner and issuing his first walk of the game to David Bergin. Wes Darvill's double over the first base bag rolled in the X's bullpen down the right field line to score Pleffner and pull the Goldeyes within one.
After an intentional walk to Katz loaded the bases, pinch-hitter Casey Turgeon reached on four straight balls, ending Forsythe's night and tying the game at 3-3.
Ogle's home run, his 11th of the season, comes off the heels of a two home-run outing the in final game of a series with Lincoln Sunday.
Sioux City also dropped nine straight in 2005 and will be looking to avoid the first double-digit losing skid in franchise history when Kramer Sneed takes the mound against the Goldeyes Wednesday.