(Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen)
PAUL, MN – It was another close contest Monday night, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes (19-18) took a 7-6 win over the St. Paul Saints (26-12) at CHS Field – but it didn’t start out that way.
The Goldeyes dominated the first few innings of play, scoring five runs in the second and two in the first, while Winnipeg starter Kevin McGovern set down 13 Saints hitters in a row.
Tanner Murphy put the Goldeyes on the board in the second when he singled to score Jacob Rogers. Maikol Gonzalez followed up with an RBI single of his own, and David Rohm (who extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a ground rule double in the first) scored Murphy on a sacrifice fly. Josh Romanski singled to score Gonzalez, and Reggie Abercrombie doubled to score Wes Darvill and give the Goldeyes a 5-0 lead.
Rohm added his second and third RBIs of the night on a two-out single with the bases loaded to score Ridge Hoopii-Haslam and Murphy.
The Goldeyes held the Saints scoreless until the sixth inning, when Chad Christensen advanced to third on an error and scored two batters later.
Neither team scored in the seventh, but the Saints rallied in the eighth, scoring five runs (two unearned) to bring the game within one. Kyle Anderson set the Saints down in order in the home ninth, and the Goldeyes took the game 7-6.
With the win, the Goldeyes split the close four-game series, three contests of which were decided by a single run.
McGovern (2-1, 4.20) allowed six runs (three unearned) on eight hits through eight innings for the win. Kyle Anderson (3-1, 3.07) pitched the scoreless ninth for his second career save, and St. Paul starter John Straka (5-2, 6.26) gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits through five innings for the loss.
Prior to the game, the Goldeyes signed rookie infielder Carter McEachern, a Thunder Bay native who won the Division III national championship with Trinity University earlier this year. The Goldeyes also placed outfielder Adam Heisler on the disabled list, retroactive to June 18.
The Goldeyes kick off a six-game homestand with the first of three against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Tickets for all Goldeyes home games are available at the Shaw Park box office or by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting ticketmaster.ca. All Goldeyes games are broadcast live on 93.7 CJNU and at cjnu.ca.