LINCOLN, NE – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (17-13) lost 7-4 to the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park on Monday night.
With the Goldeyes leading 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Christian Ibarra led off with a single through the left side. A pair of wild pitches during a walk to Brent Dean set up first and third with no outs. Dashenko Ricardo then lined a single to left that scored Ibarra with the tying run. After Ivan Marin laid down a sacrifice bunt, Matty Johnson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Victor Capellan came back from a 3-0 count to strike out Brandon Jacobs looking for the second out of the inning. Cesar Valera grounded a single through the middle to score Dean and Ricardo. Johnson was awarded home plate when the throw from centre field ricocheted into Lincoln’s dugout.
Michael Wagner pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the year.
Reggie Abercrombie helped the Goldeyes off to a quick start in the first inning. After David Bergin reached on a two-out, infield single, Abercrombie launched a two-run home run to centre that made it 2-0.
In the bottom of the first, Johnson singled through the left side, stole second, took third on a single to centre from Valera, and scored on a groundout to third from Curt Smith.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Zack Dodson made the 2-1 lead stand through the middle innings, and was helped by several defensive highlights. With the tying run on second and two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Abercrombie made a diving catch in left-centre to rob Marin of a game-tying extra base hit. With two outs in the fifth, Abercrombie ended the inning by throwing Valera out at second trying to stretch a single into a double. With the tying run on second and two outs in the sixth, David Rohm made a sprinting catch in right-centre reaching high above his shoulder to rob Dean.
Rookie Andrew Frazier hit a one-out double down the right field line in the top of the seventh for his first career base hit. Frazier was signed earlier in the day. After Andrew Sohn walked, Josh Romanski pulled a single to right that scored Frazier to make it 3-1 Goldeyes.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ricardo reached on an error and took second when Marin punched a single through the right side. After Johnson sacrificed the runners ahead, Jacobs lined a single to centre that scored Ricardo and Marin with the tying runs.
Winnipeg re-took the lead in the eighth when Abercrombie led off with a double down the right field line and scored on a Shawn Pleffner single up the middle.
JR Bunda (5-0) picked up the win in relief for the Saltdogs (20-10). Capellan (0-3) took the loss for the Goldeyes.
Dodson took a no-decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits in six and one-third innings. Dodson walked one and struck out five.
Lincoln starter Seth Webster also took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings. Webster walked one and struck out eight.
Rohm has hit safely in seven games in a row. Sohn sparkled defensively as well, throwing out Randolph Oduber in the bottom of the second on a one-hopper with both feet planted on the outfield grass.
Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. Mikey O’Brien (3-2, 4.77) takes the mound for Winnipeg. The Saltdogs go with right-hander Ben McKendall (1-1, 3.00). 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 27th when they host the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
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