WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (28-23) beat the Sioux City Explorers 9-2 at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Edwin Carl (5-1) matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts while earning the win. Carl allowed two earned runs on five hits in seven and two-thirds innings. Carl did not allow a walk, and at one point retired 12 batters in a row.
“Good start by Edwin,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Minor got us four good outs. Offensively, we were pretty solid, and ran the bases well. Guys have been putting some good swings on some mistakes, and accepting walks when they give them to us. It transfers into scoring runs. Guys at the top of the order are getting on base, guys in the middle are driving them in, and the bottom of the order is flipping it around well for us.”
In the bottom of the first, Andrew Sohn came back from an 0-2 count to draw a leadoff walk. Sohn stole second base and took third on a groundball to the right side from David Rohm. Josh Romanski followed with an RBI single up the middle that scored Sohn with the game’s first run. The Goldeyes have scored the first run in 39 of their 51 games this season.
Rohm singled down the right field line leading off the third. The single extended Rohm’s hitting streak to 10 games. Rohm took third on a single through the right side from Romanski, and Romanski advanced to second when Michael Lang’s throw from right field bounced into foul territory. Reggie Abercrombie lined a sacrifice fly to right that scored Rohm to make it 2-0. After the Explorers intentionally walked Shawn Pleffner, David Bergin clubbed a two-run double to straightaway centre field that drove in Winnipeg’s third and fourth runs. The double extended Bergin’s career-best hitting streak to 15 games. Two batters later, Mason Katz reached on an infield single that resulted in a throwing error by second baseman Joe Bennie. Bergin scored from second to stretch the lead to 5-0.
“I feel like we’re starting to play really well as a team,” said Bergin. “I love that all of our hitters are starting to show out on the field, and super excited to see where we go with it.”
Pleffner, Bergin, and Wes Darvill opened the bottom of the fifth with consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs. Katz reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Pleffner from third. Hunter Dolshun then made it 7-0 with a single to right that scored Bergin. After Sohn reached on a fielder’s choice, Rohm drove in Katz with a single to right-centre.
The Goldeyes scored their ninth run in the bottom of the seventh when Rohm drew a bases loaded walk.
With a runner on second and two outs in the top of the eighth, Josh Vitters got the Explorers on the board with an RBI double down the left field line. After Daniel Minor relieved Carl, Dre Gleason singled to centre to drive in Vitters.
Minor struck out two during a perfect top of the ninth to close out the win.
Explorers’ starter Ryan Flores (1-2) took the loss in his first start of the year. Flores allowed eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits in four and one-third innings. Flores walked six and struck out six.
The Goldeyes have now won nine of their last 12 games, and pulled within two games of first place in the American Associaiton North Division.
Carl previously struck out 11 batters on three occasions, all of which came during the 2015 season. The last was during a complete game win over the Lincoln Saltdogs on September 6th at Shaw Park.
The series concludes Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Kevin McGovern (6-2, 2.55) takes the mound for Winnipeg. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, 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