FARGO, ND – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (50-34) lost 1-0 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field on Friday night.
The RedHawks scratched across the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs and no one on base, Yhoxian Medina doubled into the left field corner. Brandon Tierney followed with a line drive single to centre that scored Medina. Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Kevin McGovern struck out Devan Ahart to end the inning. It was McGovern’s fifth strikeout of the game and his 100th of the year, making the left-hander one of only four pitchers in American Association history to post three seasons of 100-plus strikeouts.
With the Goldeyes trailing 1-0 in the top of the ninth, Wes Darvill ripped a leadoff single through the right side against reliever Trey McNutt. Darvill took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout to second from Mason Katz. McNutt retired Casey Turgeon on a groundball to second with the infield in. Andrew Sohn then battled to a full count before popping out to Tierney at second to end the game.
McNutt had taken over for RedHawks’ starter Tyler Alexander in the eighth, and recorded up a six-out save. It was McNutt’s third save of the year.
Alexander (6-6) picked up the win, pitching seven shutout innings on five hits. Alexander walked three and struck out 10.
McGovern (10-3) took a tough-luck, complete game loss. McGovern allowed one earned run on four hits over eight innings. McGovern walked one, struck out eight, and threw 122 pitches while working on three days of rest.
McGovern struck out 103 for the Lincoln Saltdogs in 2015 and 125 for the Goldeyes last year. Ben Moore (2008-11, 2013), Mark Hamburger (2013, 2016-17), and Alexander (2015-17) are the other three American Association pitchers with three seasons of 100 or more strikeouts.
It was the first time the Goldeyes were shutout since a 1-0 loss versus St. Paul in Game One of the American Association Division Series on September 8th of last year.
Game two of the four-game series is Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Mikey O’Brien (8-4, 4.99) starts for the Goldeyes. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca beginning with Around the Association at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s game broadcast will also be carried on 89.5 “The Lake” in Kenora, Ontario.
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, August 22nd when they host the Sioux City Explorers. 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