FARGO, ND – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (34-28) put up seven runs in the top eleventh to take the first of a three-game set against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (31-32) 11-5 at Newman Outdoor Field on Monday night.
An announced 3,280 fans – including a number of Winnipeg supporters who made the trip south of the border – were on hand to see the victory that ends the RedHawks’ three-game win streak and moves the Goldeyes into sole possession of first place in the American Association wild card race.
“It was a fun eleventh, that’s for sure,” Goldeyes hitting coach Tom Vaeth said after the game. “We got some bit hits and had some good, quality at-bats, and our bullpen gave us the chance to get to the eleventh.
“It was just a good night for the Fish.”
Willie Cabrera kicked off the top eleventh with a leadoff single, and he stole second and advanced to third on an error. Jacob Rogers walked, and David Rohm tripled to give the Goldeyes a 6-4 lead. Casio Grider then singled to score Rohm. Carlton Tanabe and Maikol Gonzalez both singled, and Adam Heisler drove Grider in with a base hit of his own. Cabrera doubled in his second at-bat of the inning to score Tanabe, Gonzalez and Heisler and give the Goldeyes an 11-4 lead.
The RedHawks fought back with an RBI single from Kes Carter in the bottom half of the inning, but the Goldeyes took the game 11-5.
“We just had big at-bats and good approaches through that whole eleventh,” Vaeth said.
Those bats came out swinging in the first inning, too. Winnipeg started the game with three runs, courtesy of an RBI single from Cabrera and a two-run base hit from Rohm.
Fargo-Moorhead responded with a pair of runs in the second and another in the third to tie the game at 3. Carter hit a one-out solo home run for the RedHawks in the home seventh, but in the next inning, Reggie Abercrombie doubled to score Gonzalez from third to tie the game at 4.
Neither team scored until the eleventh, something Vaeth credits to strong relief efforts from Kyle Anderson, Cameron McVey and Brandon Shimo.
“I really want to reiterate how proud we are of the bullpen for coming out and giving us a chance to win,” Vaeth said.
Goldeyes starter Edwin Carl (5-5, 5.23) gave up four runs on five hits through 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three in a no-decision. Shimo (2-0, 3.13) gave up one run through the last two innings for his second win of the season. Fargo-Moorhead closer Will Mathis (1-4, 5.16) gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched for the loss.
“It was a really good matchup,” Vaeth said about the two starters, Carl and Tyler Alexander. “Alexander was pretty tough early. We weren’t able to get anything off him, but Carl was able to come out and match his zeroes.”
The Goldeyes and RedHawks will play the second of this three-game series Tuesday night at 7. Right-hander Duke von Schamann (4-1, 3.61) is scheduled to face off against fellow righty Brian Ernst (1-0, 1.13).
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.