WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (20-20) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 14-8 at Shaw Park on Friday night.
The Goldeyes sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning in support of starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien. Andrew Sohn, David Rohm, Josh Romanski, and Reggie Abercrombie opened the inning with consecutive singles, with the latter two each driving in a run. Romanski’s single extended his hitting streak to 12 games. David Bergin added a two-run double down the left field line that scored Romanski and Abercrombie to make it 4-0. Bergin took third on an errant pickoff attempt and scored the Goldeyes’ fifth run when Wes Darvill lined a single to left. After Darvill stole second, Mason Katz walked, setting up an RBI double off the wall in left from Jordan Ebert. Sohn plated Katz with a groundout to second base.
“Great offence today,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Contributions from everyone in the lineup. Mikey gave us exactly what we needed.”
A night after the Goldeyes used four and one-third innings worth of bullpen, O’Brien (4-2) protected the lead all evening, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in eight-plus innings. O’Brien walked one and struck out a season-high six batters while picking up the win.
“Good game all around,” said O’Brien. “We’ve been struggling a little bit in all aspects of the game, but didn’t let off the gas today, and got an important win. I was happy to bounce back against the same team. They hit me pretty good in the opener. That’s baseball for you. You try and keep the same mindset (with a big lead), just so you can go out there and compete. But it’s also a lot easier, because you can throw over the plate, and if you make mistakes, you can let your defence work behind you.”
Burt Reynolds hit a one-out, solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth, but the Goldeyes answered back with three of their own in the bottom of the inning when Abercrombie hit a two-out, opposite-field, three-run home run to right-centre.
Ebert stretched the lead to 11-1 in the fifth with a solo home run to left. Sohn followed with a single and scored on an RBI double from Rohm that made it 12-1.
Reynolds hit his second homer of the night leading off the top of the sixth, and the Canaries cut the Goldeyes’ lead to 12-3 when Ty Morrison and Louis Mele hit back-to-back doubles.
Shawn Pleffner and Bergin opened the bottom of the sixth with consecutive doubles to increase the lead to 13-3. Bergin later scored the Goldeyes’ 14th and final run on a wild pitch. Pleffner singled in the bottom of the fourth to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
The Canaries rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a three-run double from Reynolds, before Evan Rutckyj retired Mele on a groundout to third that ended the game.
Miles Nordgren (2-3) started and took the loss for the Canaries, allowing 10 earned runs on 10 hits in four innings. Nordgren walked two and struck out four.
Both Romanski and Katz walked three times, with Katz seeing a total of 37 pitches during five plate appearances. Abercrombie had four RBI, while Bergin drove in three. Sohn and Ebert each finished with three hits. Ebert was a triple short of the cycle.
The series continues Saturday afternoon with a special 4:05 p.m. start for Canada Day. Edwin Carl (2-1, 5.10) takes on left-hander Joe Bircher (3-4, 4.71).
Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
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