WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (48-32) beat the St. Paul Saints twice at Shaw Park on Tuesday night, winning the completion of the game suspended on July 20th 11-9 in 10 innings, and winning the nightcap of the unofficial double header 5-3.
The July 20th game resumed in the bottom of the second with the Goldeyes trailing 3-0. With one out Wes Darvill hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right field that cut the Saints lead to 3-1.
“It was a big series for us,” said Goldeyes’ outfielder Josh Romanski. “We knew that coming in. We know that these games coming down the stretch are important. It was awesome. Two awesome team wins today. I was just fortunate enough to get some timely hits and help us with that.”
The Saints, however, scored six unanswered runs to build a 9-1 lead. Former Major Leaguer Dan Johnson hit a two-run home run to right in the top of the third. Nate Hanson homered to left-centre on the following pitch to make it 6-1.
Willie Argo tripled with one out in the fifth and scored on Tony Caldwell’s single to centre. Hanson added a two-run shot to left-centre in the top of the sixth.
The Goldeyes started chipping away in the bottom of the sixth when Carlton Tanabe singled home David Rohm and Darvill.
Willie Cabrera hit a solo home run to left-centre in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-4 St. Paul.
The Goldeyes then rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. Casio Grider doubled down the left field line with one out, took third on a single to centre from Tanabe, and scored on Adam Heisler’s double to centre. Maikol Gonzalez followed with a groundball single to left that scored Tanabe. The Saints called on former Major League left-hander Caleb Thielbar (4-2) to face the left-handed hitting Romanski. Romanski doubled to left-centre on the first pitch to drive in Heisler and Gonzalez to pull the Goldeyes within one run. With Cabrera at the plate and two outs, Romanski scored on a pair of wild pitches to tie the game.
Eric Eadington (3-2) struck out three during two scoreless relief innings over the ninth and 10th.
In the bottom of the 10th, Heisler doubled down the left field line leading off. Two batters later, Romanski crushed a home run deep down the right field line to win the game.
“It was an unbelievable feeling, obviously,” said Romanski. “I’m just happy I was able to put a good swing on the ball and help our team win. It seems like it’s a different guy every day, and today, I was fortunate enough to be that guy.”
Eadington earned the win in relief, while Thielbar took the loss.
Duke von Schamann started the game on July 20th and took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on four hits in two innings. von Schamann walked one and struck out two.
Kyle Anderson relieved von Schamann when the game continued on Tuesday, and provided six innings of long relief.
Mark Hamburger started the game on July 20th and continued the start Tuesday night. Hamburger allowed eight earned runs on 16 hits in seven and one-third innings in the total effort resulting in a no-decision. Hamburger walked two and struck out five.
The game will be recorded as having been played on July 20th which gives Winnipeg credit for a three-game sweep of the series. With the two wins on Tuesday, the Goldeyes pull within five and a half games of first place in the North Division, and re-extend their wild card lead to four games over the Laredo Lemurs.
In the nightcap, von Schamann (7-6) pitched five and one-third strong innings to earn the win. von Schamann allowed three earned runs on seven hits, walked one, and struck out one.
“We got a great start today from Duke in the second game,” said Romanski. “Anderson, yeah, you know, he gave up some runs, but he was able to pitch six innings, and he went out there and battled. His job was to try and save the bullpen, and he did that. Fortunately, we were able to put up some runs late and we won the game.”
The Goldeyes took the early lead when Cabrera blasted a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Caldwell tied the game for the Saints on a two-out, RBI single in the top of the second.
Romanski delivered again with two outs to give the Goldeyes the lead for good in the bottom of the third. Gonzalez and Reggie Abercrombie drew walks against Saints’ starter Kody Knaus (2-2), setting up Romanski’s two-run double to right.
Gonzalez drove in Jacob Rogers with a two-out, RBI single in the fourth to make it 4-1. After Gonzalez stole second base, Heisler doubled to deep right to bring in the Goldeyes’ fifth run.
Johnson homered for a second time in the calendar day, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth that brought the Saints within two. Victor Capellan relieved von Schamann with one out in the sixth and recorded a five-out save. It was Capellan’s second with the Goldeyes and his ninth of the season. Capellan ended the game by starting a double play against centre fielder Alonzo Harris who came to bat with the tying runs on base.
The Goldeyes’ defence shined throughout game two. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam robbed Bryson Myles with a diving stop behind the third base bag in the opening inning. Abercrombie made a diving catch towards the centre field wall to rob Tony Thomas of extra bases in the fourth. Later in the inning, Gonzalez stole a hit from Willie Argo with a diving catch up the middle. Winnipeg’s defence turned three double plays in the win.
“You’ve got a guy like Reggie in centre, it takes a lot of pressure off the corner outfielders,” said Romanski. “He can fly and go get it. ‘Gonzo’s’ been solid for us defensively all year. Shortstop gets a lot of plays. All around, it was just great team baseball today. Everyone pitched in.”
Knaus took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits in five innings. Knaus walked three and struck out five.
The series continues with a double header on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. Kevin McGovern (5-3, 4.34) and Edwin Carl (8-5, 4.40) are the scheduled pitchers for Winnipeg. The Saints are scheduled to go with left-hander Eric Veglahn (3-3, 4.57) and right-hander Robert Coe (9-2, 4.79).
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.