WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Wichita Wingnuts 5-0 in Game One of the American Association Championship Series at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.

Box Score

The Goldeyes lead the best-of-five series 1-0.

Edwin Carl (2-0) led three Goldeyes’ pitchers to the team’s first postseason shutout in seven years.  Carl held the Wingnuts scoreless on just four hits over six and two-thirds innings.  Carl walked one and struck out five in the winning effort.

“(This was) maybe our best baseball game of the year, when you talk about pitching, defence, offence with some timely hitting, base-running–it was all just a really good game,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “He (Carl) hasn’t thrown a ballgame like that in a while.  He’s been pretty good the second half for us, but today, he was really efficient with his strike-throwing.  It’s the best fastball command he’s had all season.”

The Goldeyes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-out hit from Carlton TanabeDavid Rohm extended his postseason hitting streak to six games with a one-out, groundball single to right.  After Casio Grider singled to right-centre, Wes Darvill hit a groundball to shortstop that advanced Rohm to third and Grider to second.  Tanabe then fought off a single on a blooper to left-centre that scored both runners.

Josh Romanski extended the lead to 3-0 with a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.

“I think you’ve just got to tip your cap to (Wingnuts’ starter) Tim Brown,” said Romanski.  “The guy’s a veteran.  He knows how to pitch with runners on base and runners in scoring position.  We got an outstanding pitching performance from Carl.  I mean, that was unbelievable, lights-out, and we were able to put enough up to get him the win.”

With two outs and no one on base in the seventh, Matt Chavez walked and was followed by a line drive single to left from Nick Van Stratten.  Victor Capellan relieved Carl to face Harrison Kain as the tying run.  Capellan induced an inning-ending fielder’s choice, and has now appeared in all six of the Goldeyes’ postseason games without allowing a run.

“I think at this point, everyone’s adrenalin is pretty high,” said Carl.  “So if you get called to go in the game, you’re going to do whatever it takes.”

Adam Heisler drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh, took second on a sacrifice from Maikol Gonzalez, advanced to third on Reggie Abercrombie’s infield single, and scored the Goldeyes’ fourth run on a two-out, line drive single to right from Romanski.

Capellan returned for the top of the eighth and retired the first two batters before Eric Eadington took over.  Eadington fanned Christian Stringer to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Grider drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice from Darvill.  Two batters later, Heisler grounded a two-out, RBI single to right that plated Grider and made it 5-0.

Eadington went back out for the top of the ninth and set the Wingnuts down in order to close out victory.  Abercrombie made a sliding catch in centre field to rob TJ Mittelstaedt for the final out of the night.

The Goldeyes’ defence shined throughout the game.  Abercrombie also robbed Martin Medina with a sprinting catch on the left-centre warning track in the top of the third.  Later in the inning, Rohm made a sliding stop on a sharp groundball from Stringer.  With Carl covering first base, Rohm completed the play with a throw from both knees.  Grider robbed Medina with a diving catch on a liner up the middle in the fifth, while Wille Cabrera took away a hit from Medina on a line drive to left in the eighth.

“Defence was good today,” said Forney.  “We’ve been pretty solid all season defensively.  We cover a lot of ground, and I’d say our infield defence is probably as good as anybody’s in the league.”

Tim Brown (0-1) started for Wichita and took the loss, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits in six innings.  Brown walked none and struck out a season-high six.

Winnipeg’s last postseason shutout came on September 4th, 2009 in a 5-0 win versus Fargo-Moorhead.

American Association Championship Series Schedule
Game 1 – Wednesday, September 14th – Goldeyes 5 – Wingnuts 0
Game 2 – Thursday, September 15th – Shaw Park, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Saturday, September 17th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4* – Sunday, September 18th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 5:05 p.m.
Game 5* – Monday, September 19th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
*if necessary

Tickets for Game Two of the American Association Championship Series 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.

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WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Wichita Wingnuts 5-0 in Game One of the American Association Championship Series at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.

Box Score

The Goldeyes lead the best-of-five series 1-0.

Edwin Carl (2-0) led three Goldeyes’ pitchers to the team’s first postseason shutout in seven years.  Carl held the Wingnuts scoreless on just four hits over six and two-thirds innings.  Carl walked one and struck out five in the winning effort.

“(This was) maybe our best baseball game of the year, when you talk about pitching, defence, offence with some timely hitting, base-running–it was all just a really good game,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “He (Carl) hasn’t thrown a ballgame like that in a while.  He’s been pretty good the second half for us, but today, he was really efficient with his strike-throwing.  It’s the best fastball command he’s had all season.”

The Goldeyes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-out hit from Carlton TanabeDavid Rohm extended his postseason hitting streak to six games with a one-out, groundball single to right.  After Casio Grider singled to right-centre, Wes Darvill hit a groundball to shortstop that advanced Rohm to third and Grider to second.  Tanabe then fought off a single on a blooper to left-centre that scored both runners.

Josh Romanski extended the lead to 3-0 with a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.

“I think you’ve just got to tip your cap to (Wingnuts’ starter) Tim Brown,” said Romanski.  “The guy’s a veteran.  He knows how to pitch with runners on base and runners in scoring position.  We got an outstanding pitching performance from Carl.  I mean, that was unbelievable, lights-out, and we were able to put enough up to get him the win.”

With two outs and no one on base in the seventh, Matt Chavez walked and was followed by a line drive single to left from Nick Van Stratten.  Victor Capellan relieved Carl to face Harrison Kain as the tying run.  Capellan induced an inning-ending fielder’s choice, and has now appeared in all six of the Goldeyes’ postseason games without allowing a run.

“I think at this point, everyone’s adrenalin is pretty high,” said Carl.  “So if you get called to go in the game, you’re going to do whatever it takes.”

Adam Heisler drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh, took second on a sacrifice from Maikol Gonzalez, advanced to third on Reggie Abercrombie’s infield single, and scored the Goldeyes’ fourth run on a two-out, line drive single to right from Romanski.

Capellan returned for the top of the eighth and retired the first two batters before Eric Eadington took over.  Eadington fanned Christian Stringer to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Grider drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice from Darvill.  Two batters later, Heisler grounded a two-out, RBI single to right that plated Grider and made it 5-0.

Eadington went back out for the top of the ninth and set the Wingnuts down in order to close out victory.  Abercrombie made a sliding catch in centre field to rob TJ Mittelstaedt for the final out of the night.

The Goldeyes’ defence shined throughout the game.  Abercrombie also robbed Martin Medina with a sprinting catch on the left-centre warning track in the top of the third.  Later in the inning, Rohm made a sliding stop on a sharp groundball from Stringer.  With Carl covering first base, Rohm completed the play with a throw from both knees.  Grider robbed Medina with a diving catch on a liner up the middle in the fifth, while Wille Cabrera took away a hit from Medina on a line drive to left in the eighth.

“Defence was good today,” said Forney.  “We’ve been pretty solid all season defensively.  We cover a lot of ground, and I’d say our infield defence is probably as good as anybody’s in the league.”

Tim Brown (0-1) started for Wichita and took the loss, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits in six innings.  Brown walked none and struck out a season-high six.

Winnipeg’s last postseason shutout came on September 4th, 2009 in a 5-0 win versus Fargo-Moorhead.

American Association Championship Series Schedule
Game 1 – Wednesday, September 14th – Goldeyes 5 – Wingnuts 0
Game 2 – Thursday, September 15th – Shaw Park, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Saturday, September 17th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4* – Sunday, September 18th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 5:05 p.m.
Game 5* – Monday, September 19th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
*if necessary

Tickets for Game Two of the American Association Championship Series 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.

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