SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Winnipeg Goldeyes (26-24) are two games above .500 for the first time since June 17 after winning the finale of a four-game series 8-5 against the Sioux Falls Canaries (17-31) at Sioux Falls Stadium and taking the series 3-1. 

The Goldeyes struggled defensively in the first inning and gave up three early runs, the first of which was unearned after an error against Jacob Rogers. The Canaries followed with an RBI fielder’s choice from Ryan Lashley and an RBI single from Cameron Monger to take a 3-0 lead, but the Goldeyes responded in the second. 

Willie Cabrera hit a leadoff double, and Reggie Abercrombie each singled to load the bases. Casio Grider walked in a run to put the Goldeyes on the board, and Carlton Tanabe cut the Canaries’ lead to one later in the inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Abercrombie from third. 

“We came out swinging the bats today,” Goldeyes hitting coach Tom Vaeth said after the game. “After shaking a little in the first inning, (starter) Ethan (Carnes) gave us a great start. He just had a little bit of bad luck, but we weren’t really all that concerned. 

“It was nice to get those two runs back, and we just kept building momentum.”

The Goldeyes took a 4-3 lead in the third. Cabrera hit a two-out single, and Jacob Rogers followed with a two-run homer. Maikol Gonzalez then added a two-run RBI single in the fourth, and Josh Romanski later scored him on a two-out base hit. 

The Canaries got one back in the fifth, after David Bergin hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Darwin Perez. Romanski added a two-out solo home run in the ninth, and Monger put up a solo shot of his own in the bottom ninth, but the Goldeyes took the game 8-5. 

“I thought we had really good plate discipline, especially in the first few innings,” Vaeth said. “It was nice to see Reggie have a good day at the plate today. 

“It was good to get some run support for Ethan, so he could go out and do his thing.”

Winnipeg starter Ethan Carnes (2-1, 4.69) picked up his second consecutive win, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits through six innings, while Sioux Falls starter Stephen Bougher (1-5, 5.29) gave up seven earned runs on eight hits through four innings for the loss. Goldeyes right-hander Kyle Lotzkar pitched a perfect seventh, and Eric Eadington allowed one hit but put up a zero in the eighth. Robert Tasin allowed one run on two hits in the bottom ninth. 

The Goldeyes have an off-day on Monday but begin a nine-game homestand (their longest of the season) Tuesday night at 7 against the Sioux City Explorers. 

Tickets for all Goldeyes home games are available at the Shaw Park box office or by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting  ticketmaster.ca. All Goldeyes games are broadcast live on 93.7 CJNU and at  cjnu.ca.

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