WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (47-32) beat the Wichita Wingnuts 14-5 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Goldeyes scored in seven consecutive innings from the second through the eighth en route to the rubber match win. Winnipeg has won 12 of its last 14 games.
“Really good pitching, defence, and offence today,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “21 hits is a new season-high for us, and we did it against a really good starter. We got contributions from everyone, and got exactly what we needed from Edwin. We’re thankful for Mikey making himself available to save some of those bullpen arms.”
Shawn Pleffner singled to centre leading off the bottom of the second and took second two batters later on a Wes Darvill single to centre. Mason Katz doubled off the centre field wall to drive in Pleffner and Darvill with the game’s first runs. Jordan Ebert singled Katz to third on a line drive to centre. After Ebert stole second, Andrew Sohn walked to load the bases. David Rohm then beat out a potential double play groundball at shortstop to keep the inning alive. Katz scored on the fielder’s choice to make it 3-0 Goldeyes.
Reggie Abercrombie opened the third with a double down the left field line and took third on a Pleffner single to left. Two batters later, Darvill beat out a potential double play grounder to second that brought home Abercrombie with the Goldeyes’ fourth run.
Sohn doubled to left with one out in the fourth and took third when Rohm reached on an infield single. Josh Romanski pulled a single through the right side that scored Sohn. Abercrombie followed with a line drive single to left to bring in Rohm.
The Wingnuts got on the board in the top of the fifth when Zac Fisher hit a leadoff homer down the right field line.
The Goldeyes answered back in the bottom of the inning when Mason Katz lined a solo shot off the left field foul pole with one out.
The Goldeyes stretched the lead again with two more runs in the sixth. Rohm came back from an 0-2 count to draw a leadoff walk and scored from first on a Romanski double to left-centre. Abercrombie made it 9-1 with a line drive single to centre that scored Romanski.
Leo Vargas singled home Richard Prigatano in the top of the seventh, but the Goldeyes answered back again with four runs in the bottom half. Katz and Ebert opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Sohn hit a comebacker that resulted in a throwing error by Wingnuts’ pitcher James Campbell. Katz scored on the play while Ebert went to third. Two batters later, Romanski ripped a three-run home run to right field that extended the lead to 13-2.
Brent Clevlen led off the top of the eighth with a double to left-centre and was followed by a TJ Mittelstaedt walk. Two batters later, Martin Medina singled to right to load the bases, and the Wingnuts pulled within 13-4 on a two-run double down the left field line from Prigatano. Fisher hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Medina.
In the bottom of the eighth, Katz led off with a walk and took third when Ebert doubled down the left field line. Sohn drove in the Goldeyes’ 14th and final run with a sacrifice fly down the left field line in foul territory.
Edwin Carl (8-3) started for the Goldeyes and earned the win, allowing four earned runs on six hits in seven and one-third innings. Carl walked four, struck out three, and retired the leadoff batter in six of the eight innings he started.
Alex Boshers (10-3) started for the Wingnuts and took the loss, allowing nine earned runs on 15 hits in five and one-third innings. Boshers walked two and struck out three.
Mikey O’Brien pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to close out the game in his first relief appearance of the season.
The Goldeyes finished with a season-high 21 base hits, with all nine starters collecting at least one. Winnipeg had 20 hits on May 24th in a 16-0 win versus Salina. Sohn, Romanski, Abercrombie, Pleffner, Katz, and Ebert all had multiple hits. Romanski finished with four hits and five RBI. Katz had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle.
The Goldeyes open a four-game series against the St. Paul Saints on Monday night. First pitch at Shaw Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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