WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (15-9) beat the Texas AirHogs 11-2 at Shaw Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, Casio Grider beat out an infield single and stole second base. Andrew Sohn followed with an infield single that resulted in a throwing error by AirHogs’ starting pitcher Scott Firth. The play allowed Grider to score from second with the Goldeyes’ first run.
“Good day today,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Edwin gave us six good innings. Bullpen was really tight for the last three, and we played pretty good defence. Two big throws from Romanski. The middle of the lineup was fantastic today at driving in some runs.”
In the bottom of the third, David Bergin was hit by a pitch leading off and advanced to second on Reggie Abercrombie’s groundball single to centre. Shawn Pleffner ripped a single to right-centre that scored Bergin with the tying run. Two batters later, David Rohm walked to load the bases, and a four-pitch walk to Wes Davrill forced in Abercrombie to give Winnipeg a 3-2 lead.
Josh Romanski singled up the middle to open the fifth and took third two batters later when Abercrombie singled to left. Pleffner followed with a two-run double to right-centre that stretched the Goldeyes’ lead to 5-2.
Edwin Carl (2-0) started for Winnipeg and earned the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits in six innings. Carl walked two, struck out five, and has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all five of his starts this season.
Facing position player Earl Burl in the bottom of the eighth, the Goldeyes broke the game open with a six-run inning. Rohm led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch, and scored the Goldeyes’ sixth run on a Darvill sacrifice fly to centre. Later in the frame, a Sohn single and back-to-back walks to Romanski and Bergin loaded the bases with two outs. Abercrombie singled down the right field line to score Sohn and Romanski. Pleffner capped the inning with a three-run home run to right. Pleffner finished the game with a career-high six RBI. Pleffner’s previous career-best was four RBI on May 24th of last year while playing for the Double-A Eastern League’s Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals).
“Never done that before obviously,” said Pleffner on his performance. “A game to remember for sure. Edwin threw a really good outing. We came back and capitalized on their mistakes. We showed intent and followed up on that.”
Brandon Quintero, Victor Capellan, and Ryan Chaffee combined for five strikeouts over three shutout innings to close out the win.
The AirHogs took a 1-0 lead in the second when Michael Miller hit a two-out, ground rule double down the left field line that scored Cameron Monger.
Texas’ second run came in the third on a two-out, RBI single from Brian Ragira. Following Ragira’s single, Darvill robbed Jake Taylor of extra bases with a diving play towards the third base line.
Romanski had two key outfield assists early in the game. In the top of the second Romanski threw out Ragira at the plate on a base hit to left from Beamer Weems. Romanski also nabbed Weems in the fourth trying to go first to third on a Miller single.
Firth (1-4) took the loss for the AirHogs (5-19), allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits. Firth walked two and struck out four.
Sohn had two hits and has now hit safely in seven straight games. Pleffner and Abercrombie each had three hits.
The series continues Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Zack Dodson (2-1, 5.96) takes on left-hander Michael Freeman (0-1, 3.45). 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.
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