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Moore Honored, Pheasants Drop Finale

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Ben Moore was named American Association Pitcher of the Year after winning 13 games for a team that went 42-57. The Pheasants dropped the season finale 4-3 in 12 innings Tuesday night at the Bird Cage.

Mired in a 3-3 tie, Winnipeg broke through in the 12th when Justin Bass blooped on a two-out, RBI single over the head of Brandon Sing at first.

Outfielder Kody Kaiser (1-0) did it all for the Goldeyes, hitting a home run and earning the victory. Aaron Cook pitched a scoreless 12th to collect his first save of the season.


Dan McDaniel (3-3) gave up one run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings in the loss.

“It was kind of a microcosm of our season,” said manager Steve Shirley. “We did some things good, we did some things bad but in the end, we played just good enough to lose.”

The Goldeyes opened the scoring in the first, when Brian Myrow launched a two-run home run off starter Kyle Ruwe. The Pheasants answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half. Mark Shorey doubled to plate the first run, and Brandon Sing followed with a single to bring home Shorey to tie the game at 2-2.

Winnipeg used the long ball to retake the lead when Kaiser led off the third with a solo blast. Ruwe settled in after the homer, completing eight innings while giving up just the three runs.

Sioux Falls showed their resiliency, tying the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Shorey. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The two offenses went quiet in the late innings, as neither team could put the go-ahead run across. 

“We had some opportunities to put the winning run across, we just didn’t,” said Gus Milner, who led the Pheasants in hitting with a .329 batting average. “That’s baseball.”

The Goldeyes, looking to save their pitching staff for the playoffs, sent eight different men to the hill in the game, including Kaiser. He is the second Winnipeg position player to toe the rubber in the series.

The Pheasants finished the season with a record of 42-57, and will now have to wait until next May to contend for another division title.

“I love working here,” Shirley said of his status as manager going forward. “I’m excited about the prospect of coming back and putting together a team that can contend for a championship.”


Courtesy: Patrick Coyne, Sioux Falls Pheasants


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