WICHITA – One game for all the marbles.
That’s what it comes down to after the Winnipeg Goldeyes won a Game 4 thriller 5-4 in Wichita over the Wingnuts.
With their backs against the wall, the Goldeyes burst out of the game with four runs in the first: Maikol Gonzalez hit a solo home run, Reggie Abercrombie hit a two-run dinger and Wes Darvill added another run on an RBI single.
After Wichita got one back in the 4th, the four-run lead was restored the next inning thanks to a Josh Romanski single.
But things got very tense in the 6th. Edwin Carl, cruising through five, allowed a solo home run to the last batter he would face.
Victor Capellan would come in and struck out the first batter, but then allowed a single and a home run. All of a sudden, it was a one-run game.
The Wingnuts would threaten to take the lead in the 8th, with a championship crown within reach. They put two on but closer Winston Abreu got a strikeout to end the threat.
Abreu then struck out the side in the 9th to ensure the Goldeyes’ season would last one more day, and to give Winnipeg a chance to do the same thing to Wichita as they did to St. Paul: win Games 4 and 5 on the road.
Game 5 goes Monday night in Wichita, with the winner of the game capturing the American Association title. First pitch is 7 p.m.