WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (14-9) lost 4-1 to the Texas AirHogs at Shaw Park on Monday night.
In the top of the second inning, Cameron Monger reached on an error on a groundball to shortstop, stole second base, and took third when Alixon Suarez’s throw went into centre field. Beamer Weems followed with a bloop single to centre that scored Monger with the game’s first run.
Michael Miller singled to right with one out in the third and advanced to second on an error. Miller took third on a groundball single to centre from Trevor Sealey, and scored on Ryne Willard’s sacrifice fly to left.
Levi Scott hit a solo home run to left leading off the fifth to make it 3-0 AirHogs. After Texas loaded the bases with no outs, Weams lifted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Brian Ragira.
AirHogs’ starter Roman Gomez (1-1) earned the win, pitching six shutout innings on three hits. Gomez walked none and struck out two in his first start of the year.
The Goldeyes threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs before Texas reliever Jacob Morris escaped the inning without allowing a run.
In the bottom of the eighth, David Bergin ripped a two-out, RBI single to left, which brought the tying run to the plate. Morris, though, retired the side to keep the AirHogs (5-18) ahead 4-1.
Josh Blanco struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the year.
Zach Nuding (1-3) took the loss for the Goldeyes, allowing four runs, two earned, on 10 hits in five innings. Nuding walked one and struck out three.
Josh Laxer, Mitchell Lambson, Kenny Mathews, and Victor Capellan combined for four shutout relief innings. Lambson worked two and two-thirds scoreless.
Josh Romanksi’s 13-game hitting streak came to an end. Romanski was ejected midway through his at bat in the bottom of the first inning while attempting to legally apply pine tar to the handle of his bat. Reggie Abercrombie had a seven-game hitting streak come to an end. With the win, Texas snapped a 14-game losing streak.
Prior to the game, the Goldeyes released left-handed pitcher Joeanthony Rivera. Rivera was 1-0 with an 11.37 ERA in seven relief appearances. The Goldeyes’ roster currently sits at 22 players.
Game two of the four-game series is Tuesday morning at 11:05 a.m. Edwin Carl (1-0, 3.08) faces right-hander Scott Firth (1-3, 5.12). Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com