WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (46-32) lost 9-4 to the Wichita Wingnuts at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
With the game scoreless in the top of the third, Richard Prigatano drew a one-out walk and stole second base. After Christian Stringer hit a popfly double down the left field line, TJ Mittelstaedt hit a three-run home run to right-centre field to give the Wingnuts a 3-0 lead.
Winnipeg answered back in the bottom of the inning. Maikol Gonzalez bunted for a single with one out. Two batters later, Willie Cabrera lined a two-run home run to left.
In the top of the fourth, Brennen Salgado doubled to right-centre leading off and scored on Leo Vargas’s triple to left-centre. Prigitano doubled to right-centre to drive in Vargas with the Wingnuts’ fifth run.
Trailing 5-2 in the fifth, Gonzalez singled down the left field line with one out. Adam Heisler followed with a home run to straightaway centre.
The Wingnuts added a run in the sixth. Garrett Gould led off with a double to left-centre, took third on a bunt single from Prigatano, and came home a line drive single to centre from Mittelstaedt.
Wichita added three unearned runs in the top of the ninth to expand the lead to 9-4. With the bases loaded and one out, Leo Vargas reached on an error charged to Wes Darvill at third base that scored Martin Medina. On the same play, Brent Dean tried to score from second and was thrown out at the plate by Heisler. Gould followed with a double to drive in Salgado, while Prigatano singled home Vargas.
Goldeyes’ starter Ethan Carnes (7-2) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in five innings. Carnes walked two and struck out none.
Tim Brown (8-2) earned the win for the Wingnuts, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Brown walked none and struck out four.
Robert Tasin pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief. Cabrera and Heisler each had three hits. Jacob Rogres worked a 10-pitch walk against reliever Chad Nading in the bottom of the eighth.
With Laredo’s loss at Kansas City, the Goldeyes maintain a four-game lead in the American Association wild card race with 22 games to play.
The Goldeyes open a five-game series in four days against the St. Paul Saints on Monday night. Monday is a double header beginning at 5:30 p.m. First, the Goldeyes and Saints will complete the ballgame suspended on July 20th. The Saints lead 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second. The continuation will be played through a regulation nine innings. Monday’s originally scheduled game will follow and has been shortened to seven innings.
Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home 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 season tickets, 10-Game Mini Packs, or group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-2273.