WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (49-32) beat the St. Paul Saints 8-2 at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien (8-4) allowed two earned runs on just four hits over seven innings while picking up the win. O’Brien also reached 100.0 innings pitched for a seventh consecutive year. O’Brien walked one, struck out four, and finished his seven innings on just 97 pitches.
“Great effort,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney . “We got seven strong ones from Mikey today. Good performance by the bullpen. Defence was good, and once again, the offence was good with lots of contributions from a lot of guys who are playing the game the right way. Mikey’s a veteran pitcher. He’s a big reason why we won the championship last year. We leaned on him heavy. He’s available when you need him, whether it’s on four days or three days rest. He’ll take the ball and give you what he’s got. All you can ask from your starter is for a chance to win, and he gives you that. We’re playing some of our best baseball at the right time.”
Reggie Abercrombie led off the bottom of the second with an infield single and went to third two batters later on a line drive single to left from David Bergin. Wes Darvill lined a sacrifice fly to right that scored Abercrombie to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Saints tied the game on a two-out double from Nate Hanson that scored Mitch Delfino from first base.
The Goldeyes regained the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the inning. With first and second and one out, Josh Romanski lined a single to left-centre that plated Andrew Sohn. Abercrombie followed with a single to centre that brought home David Rohm.
Bergin was hit by a pitch leading off the home fourth and took second on a four-pitch walk to Darvill. Two batters later, Jordan Ebert hit a fielder’s choice groundball to second base. Darvill broke up a potential double play and forced an errant throw from Saints’ second baseman Tony Thomas that allowed Bergin to score the Goldeyes’ fifth run. After Sohn singled up the middle, Rohm pulled a single to left that scored Ebert that made it 6-1 Winnipeg.
Brady Shoemaker hit a two-out, solo home run to left-centre in the top of the sixth that cut Winnipeg’s lead to 6-2.
The Goldeyes extended the lead to 7-2 in the seventh on a Bergin solo homer to left. Abercrombie added a line drive, solo home run to centre in the bottom of the eighth for the Goldeyes’ final run.
Evan Rutckyj and Ryan Chaffee each worked a perfect inning in relief of O’Brien.
Saints’ starter Benji Waite (4-4) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Waite walked two and struck out two.
Rohm, Romanski, and Abercrombie each had three hits.
The series continues Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Charle Rosario (8-5, 3.45) starts for Winnipeg. 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