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SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Winnipeg Goldeyes’ (44-30) 10-game win streak came to an end with a 10-2 loss to the Sioux Falls Canaries (27-49) at Sioux Falls Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Goldeyes defence ran into trouble early. Sioux Falls leadoff man Ethan Chapman advanced to first on an error in the home first. He stole second and then third and scored on an error charged to Carlton Tanabe to give the Canaries a 1-0 lead after one.
Winnipeg fired right back in the top second, when Josh Romanski hit a one-out solo home run to tie the game at 1. Casio Grider made a bit for a homer of his own, but Cameron Monger made the catch to end the top second and prevent the Goldeyes from taking the lead.
The Canaries made it 3-1 with a Michael Pair two-run homer later in the inning. After a scoreless third, Adam Heisler led off the fourth with a base hit. He stole second, advanced to third on a Willie Cabrera single and scored on a one-out RBI fielder’s choice from David Rohm.
But the Canaries scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning, added two more in the fifth and scored on an RBI double in the sixth to take a 9-2 lead. Neither team scored in the seventh, and, after the Goldeyes went down in order in the top eighth, David Bergin hit a leadoff homer to make it 10-2 and prevent the series sweep.
Winnipeg starter Duke von Schamann (6-6, 4.58) gave up nine runs (eight earned) on ten hits through six innings for the loss. He struck out five and issued three walks, marking the first time he failed to walk two or fewer in his 14 starts with the Goldeyes this season. Rob Tasin pitched the final two innings and gave up one earned run on three hits.
Sioux Falls starter Joe Bircher (3-6, 2.63) struck out nine and only walked one. He gave up the Goldeyes’ two runs on five hits through the first seven innings.
The Goldeyes return to Shaw Park for the first of four against the Wichita Wingnuts on Thursday at 7 p.m. Left-hander Kevin McGovern (5-2, 4.03) will face righty Alex Boshers (9-3, 3.02).
Tickets for all Goldeyes home games are available at the Shaw Park box office or by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting ticketmaster.ca. All Goldeyes games are broadcast live on 93.7 CJNU and at cjnu.ca.