WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (30-23) beat the Kansas City T-Bones 16-1 at Shaw Park on Friday night.
The Goldeyes have won five games in a row, and 11 of their last 14. With St. Paul’s win versus Fargo-Moorhead, the Goldeyes remain 1.0 game behind the Saints in the North Division.
“Obviously, I’m pleased,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “A lot of guys contributed today. Zack was very impressive. He’s throwing the ball really well right now. No-hitter into the sixth, had four pitches working, and was on top of his game. Defence was outstanding.”
For a fourth straight game on the homestand, the Goldeyes scored in the first inning. David Rohm drew a one-out walk and took third on a Josh Romanski single to right-centre. Reggie Abercrombie lined a sacrifice fly down the right field line to score Rohm with the game’s first run. Romanski stole second and scored on a single to right-centre from Shawn Pleffner. Two batters later, Wes Darvill hit a two-out, RBI single to right-centre to drive in Pleffner with the Goldeyes’ third run.
“It’s contagious when guys get clicking and you have some depth in your lineup,” said Forney. “Things can steam roll. Most importantly, it builds confidence, not just in themselves, but in each other. That’s why they can see pitches and pass the baton to the next guy. That’s how this thing has to work.”
In the bottom of the second, Andrew Sohn reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base with one out. After Rohm walked, Sohn stole third during an eventual 12-pitch walk to Romanski that loaded the bases. Abercrombie singled sharply up the middle to score Sohn and Rohm. Abercrombie took second on the throw, and Pleffner made it 7-0 Goldeyes with a two-run single to centre.
Pleffner helped Winnipeg stretch the lead to 8-0 with a two-out, RBI single in the fourth that scored Rohm. Rohm had singled leading off the inning and has hit safely in 12 straight.
Darvill drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth. Mason Katz followed with a two-run home run to left-centre. After Hunter Dolshun walked, Zach Morgenstern relieved T-Bones’ starter Calvin Drummond. Sohn then homered on a high flyball to left that made it 12-0 Winnipeg.
Zack Dodson (4-3) protected the lead, pitching seven innings while earning the win. Dodson carried a no-hitter into the sixth. The no-hit bid was broken up on a two-out, solo home run to left from all-star first baseman Kevin Keyes. Dodson allowed one earned run on three hits over seven innings, walking four and striking out four.
The Goldeyes tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dolshun and Sohn opened the frame with back-to-back, four-pitch walks. Two batters later, Romanski reached on an error by Keyes that scored Doslhun. After Abercrombie drew a 10-pitch walk to load the bases, Pleffner lined a single to centre that drove in Sohn and Romanski. Pleffner finished the night with four hits and tied a career-high with six RBI originally set on June 13th of this year versus Texas. Darvill singled home Abercrombie for the Goldeyes’ final run.
Eight different Goldeyes had at least one hit, and eight scored at least one run. Darvill had three hits, while Dolshun reached base four times with two hits and two walks. Sohn, Rohm, and Romanski scored three times each. David Bergin’s career-high 16-game hitting streak came to an end. Katz lined out to centre field on a 13-pitch at bat in the bottom of the seventh. Sohn made a diving catch in foul territory down the left field line to end Marcus Lemon’s at bat in the top of the eighth. Dolshun made a similar play on a popup near the T-Bones’ on-deck circle in the top of the ninth. With the three runs in the first inning, the Goldeyes improved their run differential to 64-12 in the first inning this season. The Goldeyes have also outscored the opposition 53-5 during their current five-game winning streak.
Mitchell Lambson worked one and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief of Dodson, while Ryan Chaffee recorded the final out of the night.
Drummond (3-2) took the loss, allowing 11 earned runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings. Drummond walked six and struck out four.
The series continues Saturday evening at 6:05 p.m. Zach Nuding (2-6, 6.34) faces right-hander Gabe Perez (5-3, 5.23).
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