WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (57-36) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 8-3 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Kevin McGovern (12-3) took the ball on three days of rest and picked up his 12th win of the year. McGovern also recorded his 500th career strikeout.
McGovern entered the start with 499 strikeouts during his six-year professional career, and struck out Brett Marr looking on a full count to lead off the game.
In the bottom of the first, Casey Turgeon singled to centre and took second when David Rohm singled to left. Two batters later, Reggie Abercrombie poked a double down the right field line that scored Turgeon with the game’s first run.
The Canaries put runners on the corners with one out in the second, but McGovern got Tyler Wolfe to ground into an inning-ending double play started by Turgeon at second.
Wes Darvill beat out an infield single leading off the home second, and scored from first when Mason Katzdrilled a double to left-centre.
Dan Motl drew a one-out walk in the top of the third and took second on a single to right-centre from Marr. Burt Reynolds cut the Goldeyes’ lead in half with a single through the right side that scored Motl and advanced Marr to third. McGovern prevented the Canaries from tying the game, picking off Reynolds while trying to steal second, and then striking out Aaron Gretz to strand Marr on third.
Abercrombie doubled to centre field with one out in the bottom of the third and scored two batters later on a two-out, RBI single up the middle from David Bergin.
The Goldeyes then broke the game open with a four-run bottom of the fourth. Andrew Sohn and Turgen opened the inning with singles. After Rohm laid down a sacrifice bunt, Josh Romanski lined a double deep down the left field line that made it 5-1. Two batters later, Pleffner singled up the middle with two outs to score Romanski. Bergin followed with a double down the left field line that scored Pleffner from first with the Goldeyes’ seventh run.
Michael Falsetti hit a solo home run leading off the top of the fifth. McGovern bounced back and retired the next three hitters in a row, including strikeouts of Marr and Reynolds.
In the top of the sixth, Jabari Henry walked with one out, took third on a Patrick Fiala double down the left field line, and scored on a groundout to shortstop from Schmit.
The Goldeyes stretched the lead to 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Romanski lined a single to left-centre and scored on a double to the centre field wall from Pleffner.
McGovern worked seven innings in the winning effort, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. McGovern walked two and struck out seven.
Miles Nordgren (5-7) started for the Canaries and took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on 13 hits over four innings. Nordgren walked one and struck out one.
Kenny Mathews and Ryan Chaffee each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of McGovern. All nine Goldeyes’ starters had at least one base hit, with Turgeon, Romanski, Abercrombie, Pleffner, and Bergin each collecting two hits.
The win improved the Goldeyes to 18-3 in day/morning games this season.
The Goldeyes will maintain at least a four-game lead over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the American Association North Division heading into Monday’s scheduled day off. The RedHawks are scheduled to play a double header against the Lincoln Saltdogs.
The Goldeyes are off Monday and then open a three-game series on the road against the St. Paul Saints on Tuesday night. First pitch from CHS Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home for their final regular season home series on Friday, September 1st when they host the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. 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