SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (24-23) defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries 10-4 at Sioux Falls Stadium on Thursday night.
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning, the Goldeyes erupted for eight runs to take the lead. Newcomer Willie Cabrera opened the inning with a line drive single to centre. Two batters later, Jacob Rogers worked out a walk to put runners on first and second. Casio Grider homered to deep left-centre, cutting Sioux Falls’ lead to 4-3. After Josh Ferrell relieved Canaries’ starter Kris Regas, Wes Darvill doubled off the wall in right-centre to put the tying run in scoring position. A Carlton Tanabe walk and a Maikol Gonzalez infield single loaded the bases. Adam Heisler was then hit by a pitch to force home Darvill with the tying run. David Rohm followed with a mammoth grand slam home run to left-centre field to give Winnipeg its first lead of the night. It was the Goldeyes’ first grand slam since July 2nd, 2015.
Eric Eadington dominated during two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth. Eadington struck out four, striking out the side in the eighth in the process.
Rogers extended the Goldeyes’ lead to 10-4 in the top of the ninth with a two-out, two-run double to centre.
Robert Tasin closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth, striking out the final two batters to face him.
Kyle Lotzkar (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Goldeyes with a scoreless bottom of the sixth. Lotzkar was helped during the inning when Tanabe threw out a pair of potential base stealers at second.
Ferrell (1-1) took the loss in relief for the Canaries.
Sioux Falls (16-29) took an early 1-0 lead on a two-out, RBI single to right from JC Linares in the bottom of the first. Linares made it 2-0 in the third on a fielder’s choice that scored Jake Taylor.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ozney Guillen doubled home Linares from first with two outs. Ryan Lashley followed with an RBI double to right-centre to bring in Guillen with the Canaries’ fourth run. Rohm delivered a key defensive play to end the inning, throwing out Lashley at the plate who tried to score from second on a base hit to right from Ethan Chapman.
Cabrera, who was acquired earlier in the day from the Joplin Blasters, was 3-for-5 in his Goldeyes’ debut.
Kevin McGovern started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits in five innings. McGovern walked two and struck out four.
Regas also took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on four hits in six and one-third innings. Regas walked three and struck out five.
Eight different Goldeyes scored at least one run, while Rogers and Grider joined Cabrera in having multi-hit nights.
The series continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Edwin Carl (3-4, 4.96) takes on right-hander Shawn Blackwell (5-3, 6.07). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, July 12th when they face the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.goldeyes.com, or stopping by any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park. For information on season tickets, 10-Game Mini Packs, or group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-2273.