WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (27-23) beat the Sioux City Explorers 16-2 in a rain-shortened game at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.
After starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien pitched a scoreless top of the first, the Goldeyes exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the inning. Andrew Sohn led off with a walk. With Sohn in motion on a 3-2 pitch, David Rohm singled hard through the right side, sending Sohn to third base. A wild pitch with Josh Romanski at the plate brought in Sohn with the game’s first run. Romanski ultimately walked, and following another wild pitch, Reggie Abercrombie walked to load the bases. Shawn Pleffner made it 3-0 with a groundball single through the right side that scored Rohm and Romanski. David Bergin walked on a full count to re-load the bases, and the Goldeyes took a 4-0 lead when Wes Darvill drew a walk that forced in Abercrombie. Mason Katz hit an RBI fielder’s choice on a groundball to third that scored Pleffner with the Goldeyes’ fifth run. Hunter Dolshun walked to load the bases for a third time in the inning. Todd Eaton relieved Explorers’ starter Kurt Heyer. After Eaton struck out Sohn for the second out of the inning, Rohm hit a deep flyball to right-centre that broke off the glove of Michael Lang. The two-base error ushered in Begin, Katz, and Dolshun to cap off the eight-run inning. The Goldeyes have now outscored the opposotion 54-12 in the first inning this year.
Jayce Ray led off the top of the second with a line drive home run just inside the right field foul pole to put the Explorers on the board.
In the bottom of the second, four consecutive singles from Pleffner, Bergin, Darvill, and Katz stretched the lead to 9-1. Bergin’s single extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. Bergin previously had a 13-game hitting streak while playing for the United League’s Fort Worth Cats in 2013. Dolshun followed Katz with a two-run single down the left field line that made it 11-1. After Sohn singled to left to load the bases, Rohm laced a two-run double to right-centre that scored Katz and Dolshun. Romanski added an RBI single to left that scored Sohn. Winnipeg’s final two runs came home on a wild pitch and a Bergin double play ball.
The Explorers scratched out a run in the top of the fifth inning when Lang scored on a Tanner Vavra groundout to shortstop.
The game was called after four and a half innings due to rain. The teams had previously waited through a 39-minute rain delay while the Goldeyes were batting in the bottom of the second
O’Brien (6-2) picked up the complete game victory, allowing two earned runs on three hits in five innings. O’Brien walked three and struck out four.
Heyer took the loss, allowing eight runs, five earned, on two hits in one-third of an inning. Heyer walked six and struck out none.
Eight different Goldeyes had at least one hit, while all nine scored at least one run. Rohm finished with two hits and has hit safely in nine straight games.
Explorers’ rookie catcher Jonathan Gonzalez pitched three scoreless innings of long relief. Explorers’ starting catcher Daniel Jackson made his professional debut in the game.
The series continues Wednesday night at Shaw Park at 7:05 p.m. Edwin Carl (4-1, 4.47) faces right-hander Alex White (0-2, 7.88). 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