WINNIPEG, MB – In just the first inning of Friday’s Division Series matchup, the Winnipeg Goldeyes (1-1) did what they couldn’t on Thursday night – score.
After dropping the post-season series opener to the St. Paul Saints (1-1) in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel, the Goldeyes evened the series at one apiece with a 9-7 win at Shaw Park.
Winnipeg gave up one in the top first on David Bergin’s two-out double down the far left field line. Then the Fish stepped up to the plate.
Adam Heisler and Maikol Gonzalez singled, and Willie Cabrera followed with a base hit to left to score Heisler. Reggie Abercrombie sent Gonzalez across on a fielder’s choice, and Josh Romanski doubled to score two.
David Rohm then singled to advance Romanski to third, and Wes Darvill scored him on a fielder’s choice. Casio Grider then singled to short, and catcher Carlton Tanabe drove both Darvill and Grider home on an RBI double to give the Goldeyes a 6-1 lead.
The bats quieted down and stayed silent until the fifth. The Saints brought two across the plate in the top half of the inning, but the Goldeyes fired back with two of their own. With Winnipeg runners on second and third, St. Paul intentionally walked Heisler to load the bases. Gonzalez followed with a double to score two, and the Goldeyes extended their lead to 8-3.
St. Paul put up another run in the sixth and then rallied in the eighth. Breland Almadova hit a two-out single to right, and Alonzo Harris followed with a single to third. He advanced on a throwing error charged to Darvill, and both Almadova and Harris scored on a double from pinch hitter Tony Caldwell in the next at-bat to cut the Goldeyes’ lead to 8-7.
In the bottom eighth, Abercrombie drew a one-out walk. After Romanski flew out to centre, Abercrombie stole second. Rohm singled to score Abercrombie and make it a 9-7 game.
Winston Abreu struck out two in the top ninth, and the Goldeyes took the game to tie the series.
Goldeyes starter Edwin Carl (1-0, 5.40) gave up three runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked three through five innings for the win. Winston Abreu picked up his first save of the playoffs with a scoreless ninth. St. Paul starter Robert Coe (0-1, 13.50) gave up six earned runs on 10 hits through the first four innings for the loss.
The teams hit the road tonight and will play Game 3 on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field in St. Paul. Left-hander Kevin McGovern (8-3, 3.56 through the regular season) will take the mound for the Goldeyes. The Saints have yet to announce their starting pitcher.
The Sioux City Explorers and Wichita Wingnuts had an off day on Friday night and will play Game 3 of their tied series on Saturday in Wichita.
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.