07/30/2016 8:53 PM
Jordan Cooper had one of his best outings, going 8 innings and giving up two first-inning runs, but Kansas City lost. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Miller.)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada – Kansas City had the Goldeyes set up perfectly after home runs from its eight and nine hitters in the late innings, but closer Mark Haynes was unable to shut the door as Winnipeg beat the T-Bones, 5-4, on a walk-off hit in the ninth Saturday night at Shaw Park.
Trailing 2-0 after a first inning two-run home run by Reggie Abercrombie, the T-Bones got on the board for the first time in the fourth. With two outs in the inning and Anthony Gallas on first, Dalton Wheat singled, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Tyler Moore then reached on a fielder’s choice, but a bad throw by shortstop Maikol Gonzalez allowed Gallas to score, cutting Winnipeg’s lead to 2-1.
The T-Bones took the lead in the seventh. Wheat led off the inning with another base hit before Moore launched a home run over the left field wall that gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead. It was Moore’s first professional homer and second hit of the night.
After Kansas City starter Jordan Cooper retired the Goldeyes in order in the seventh and eighth innings, the T-Bones added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when the number nine hitter, Sergio Leon, who had been hitless in the series with three strikeouts, hit a home run off a flag pole beyond the left-field wall.
A 4-2 lead would seemingly be enough for Kansas City’s All-Star and one of the league’s best closers, Haynes. However, Haynes (1-1) was shaky from the get-go. He walked the first two batters in the ninth — Adam Heisler and Willie Cabrera — and then gave up an RBI single to Abercrombie. Two batters later, Haynes intentionally walked Casio Grider to load the bases. He got the second out of the inning by striking out Jacob Rogers. But then Haynes walked Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, which tied the game at 4-4, before giving up a base hit to Carlton Tanabe that scored Abercrombie. It was the second-consecutive walk-off hit for Winnipeg in this series, after they won Friday night, 16-15, on a base hit in the 11th.
Cooper left the game after the eighth inning, having thrown 99 pitches and giving up five hits and two runs.
Kansas City (29-38) is scheduled to face Winnipeg (37-29) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1:00. All of the action can be heard online at TBonesBaseball.com.