ST. PAUL, MN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 3-2 to the St. Paul Saints in Game Three of the American Association Division Series at CHS Field on Saturday night.
The Goldeyes trail the best-of-five series two games to one and must win Sunday’s Game Four to keep their season alive.
Saints’ shortstop/left fielder Tony Thomas led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run to left field.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Saints scratched out two runs to tie the game. Nate Hanson drew a leadoff walk and took second on a line drive single to centre from Angelo Songco. After Vince DiFazio laid down a sacrifice bunt, Ryan Cavan drove in Hanson with a groundout to first. Songco then scored the tying run on a two-out wild pitch.
The Goldeyes broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth when Josh Romanski lined a two-run single down the right field line with the bases loaded and one out.
Goldeyes’ starter Kevin McGovern took a no-decision, holding the Saints scoreless over seven innings on four hits. McGovern walked six, struck out nine, and struck out the side in his final inning of work.
Ryan Rodebaugh (1-0) worked a perfect top of the ninth to earn the win. Kyle Anderson (0-1) took the loss in relief for Winnipeg.
Saints’ starter Corey Williams also took a no-decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits in five innings. Williams walked none and struck out four.
David Rohm had two more hits, and is now 8-for-12 in the series.
Game four of the American Association Division Series between the Winnipeg Goldeyes and St. Paul Saints is Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. Duke von Schamann (8-7, 4.87) will start for Winnipeg. The Saints have not yet announced their starting pitcher. All the action can be heard locally at 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
American Association Division Series Schedule
Game 1 – Thursday, September 8th – Saints 1 – Goldeyes 0
Game 2 – Friday, September 9th – Goldeyes 9 – Saints 7
Game 3 – Saturday, September 10th – Saints 3 – Goldeyes 2
Game 4 – Sunday, September 11th – CHS Field (5:05 p.m.)
Game 5* – Monday, September 12th – CHS Field (7:05 p.m.)
Tickets for all home playoff games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.goldeyes.com, or stopping by any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park. For information on 2017 season tickets, 10-Game Mini Packs, or group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-2273.