WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (16-15) beat the Lincoln Saltdogs 14-1 at Haymarket Park on Tuesday night.
All nine Goldeyes’ starters reached base at least once, while seven players had multiple base hits. The 14 runs matched last Thursday’s season-high versus Texas, while the club’s 19 total hits surpassed the 18 they collected on June 7th at Sioux City.
“We just wanted to come out and put good work in,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth . “It was good to go out and execute and get some really big hits. We had a lot of guys step up in the absence of some of our key players (Adam Heisler and Reggie Abercrombie). Great effort coming off the bus.”
David Rohm led off the top of the second with a line drive single to right-centre. After Saltdogs’ starter Matt Larkins retired the next two batters, Wes Darvill kept the inning alive with a single down the left field line on an 0-2 pitch. Carlton Tanabe followed with a line drive single to left to drive in the game’s first run.
“I think our guys were familiar in the box against him (Larkins),” said Vaeth. “He left some balls up, and we put some good swings on them.”
After Mikey O’Brien (4-2) stranded a pair of runners in the bottom of the second to protect the lead, the Goldeyes exploded for four more in the top of the third. Casio Grider led off with a double that struck the left-centre field fence. Grider went to third on Josh Romanski’s single through the left side, and scored on an RBI single to left from Rohm. A passed ball moved Romanski to third and Rohm to second before Jacob Rogers made it 3-0 on another groundball single to left field. With first and third and still no outs, an error by Lincoln shortstop Mike Gilmartin allowed Ridge Hoopii-Haslam to reach, and ushered in Rohm with the Goldeyes’ fourth run. Darvill laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third. Two batters later, Maikol Gonzalez singled through the left side with two outs to plate Rogers and make it 5-0.
Rogers drove in Grider with an RBI single down the right field line in the fourth. Hoopii-Haslam followed with a sacrifice fly to left to extend the lead to 7-0. Facing reliever Casey Barnes in the fifth, Tanabe led off with a single, took second on a passed ball, and advanced to third on Tanner Murphy’s groundball to first. Gonzalez drove in Tanabe with a groundball to second.
Larkins (4-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits in four innings. Larkins walked two and struck out four.
Rene Leveret hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to account for Lincoln’s (17-14) lone run. The Goldeyes responded with a five-run top of the sixth. Romanski drew a leadoff walk, and went to second on a single to left by Rohm. Two batters later, Hoopii-Haslam walked to load the bases with one out. Darvill singled up the middle to drive in two more runs, and Tanabe tripled to centre field on the next pitch for another pair of RBI. Gonzalez capped off the inning with a two-out, RBI single to left.
Rohm drove in the Goldeyes’ 14th and final run in the top of the ninth with a two-out, RBI double that scored Grider from first base. Rohm had four hits, two RBI, and scored three runs. Grider and Romanski also scored three times.
O’Brien earned the win, allowing one earned run on five hits over six innings. O’Brien walked four and struck out one.
“Mikey gave us a chance to execute our patient game plan by putting up zeroes for us,” said Vaeth. “I thought he mixed his pitches a little better than the last few outings. Just a good overall performance and one that was needed. Hopefully we can continue that through the rest of the series.”
Brandon Shimo picked up his first save of the year, pitching three scoreless innings in relief of O’Brien. Gonzalez, Grider, Romanski, Rogers, and Darvill joined Rohm and Tanabe with multi-hit games. Gonzalez, Rohm, Rogers, Hoopii-Haslam, Darvill, and Tanabe all had multiple RBI.
The series continues Wednesday evening at 6:35 p.m. Kevin McGovern (1-1, 4.22) takes on right-hander Ryan O’Sullivan (1-1, 5.66). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, June 28th for a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. 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.