WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (22-20) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 6-0 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s hard for us at times, it was a great game” said Goldeyes Manager Rick Forney on completing a series sweep. “We’re not always strong defensively, or at hitting situationally, but there are times like today or other games in this series where we swing the bat well and run really well. We didn’t play bad against Gary last series, the difference is we played great defence and got the starting pitching we needed this time around.”
The Goldeyes got on the board early in the game, Andrew Sohn led off with a four-pitch walk and stole second one-batter later. David Rohm walked and took second on a Josh Romanski broken-bat infield putout. Reggie Abercrombie doubled off the right field wall and drove in Sohn and Rohm to give the Goldeyes the 2-0 lead. The first inning was the third consecutive game where the Goldeyes hung a crooked number to start the game against the Canaries.
In the bottom of the fourth, David Bergin hit a solo home run, his 11th of the year gave the Goldeyes the 3-0 lead.
Romanski led off the fifth inning with a walk and stole second one-batter later. Abercrombie hit a two-strike, two-out RBI single to centre field that drove home Romanski to score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Rohm tripled off the right field wall. Romanski was robbed of a base hit by a diving effort by Canaries’ first baseman Burt Reynolds. Abercrombie was walked and stole second, a play that led to Rohm being thrown out at home plate by second baseman B.J. Guinn Jr. Shawn Pleffner was walked and Bergin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wes Darvill hit a two-out RBI single that scored Abercrombie and Pleffner that extended the Goldeyes lead to 6-0.
Sioux Falls starter Bryce Morrow (1-3) took the loss for the Canaries, while Kevin McGovern (6-2) earned the win for the Goldeyes.
McGovern pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits, two walks and a season-high nine strikeouts. His second complete game and second shutout of the 2017 season.
“McGovern had a heck of a game today,” said Forney. “Complete control of the game from the first inning on. Complete body control, three really good pitches going today, used both sides of the plate just fantastic. It’s great to give guys like Capellan and Chaffee a break, not even sure we got to Minor or Lambson this series.”
Canaries’ shortstop Blake Schmit was ejected in the first inning by home plate umpire Joe Stegner.
The Goldeyes play game one of a three-game versus the Wichita Wingnuts on Monday, July 3rd. Pitchers have yet to be announced. Catch all the action locally at 93.7 CJNU, or worldwide at www.cjnu.ca.
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