WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 American Association Championship Series against the Wichita Wingnuts on Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
It is the Goldeyes’ 10th appearance in a league championship series in the team’s 24-year history, and their third since joining the American Association in 2011.
Games One (Wednesday, September 13th) and Two (Thursday, September 14th) will be played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. Both contests are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Goldeyes host Game Three at Shaw Park on Saturday, September 16th at 6:05 p.m. For season ticket and playoff package holders, Saturday’s game corresponds with “Playoff Game C.”
The Goldeyes will also host the “if necessary” Games Four and Five. Game Four would be Sunday, September 17th at 4:05 p.m. (“Playoff Game D”), while Game Five would be Monday, September 18th at 7:05 p.m. (“Playoff Game E”).
The Goldeyes and Wingnuts are meeting in the American Association Championship Series for a third time in the last six years. Winnipeg defeated Wichita for the league title in both 2012 (3-0) and 2016 (3-2).
The Goldeyes are amidst their 19th playoff appearance in franchise history, and are in search of their fourth championship. The Goldeyes won the 1994 Northern League championship in addition to their two American Association crowns. The Wingnuts are in the postseason for an eighth time in their 10-year history. The eight playoff appearances are an American Association record. Wichita is appearing in the Championship Series for a fifth time in the last six years. The Wingnuts captured the American Association title in 2014.
The Goldeyes open the series with all-star right-hander Charle Rosario who was 11-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 25 regular season starts. Rosario was acquired in a trade with the Gary SouthShore RailCats on August 10th. The La Vega, Dominican Republic native finished tied for fourth in the American Association in wins, tied for seventh in ERA, and second in strikeouts (132). Rosario’s 25 starts tied an American Association single-season record with former RailCats’ teammate Alex Gunn. With 12 wins for the RailCats in 2015, and 11 more in 2016, Rosario became just the sixth pitcher in American Association history to win 10-plus games in three different seasons. Rosario started and won Game Three of the Division Series versus Lincoln on Saturday, holding the Saltdogs to two earned runs on just four hits over seven innings.
The Wingnuts go with right-hander Danny Gutierrez who was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four regular season starts after spending the majority of the year pitching in the Mexican League. Gutierrez was a combined 5-5 with a 5.96 ERA in 16 starts and two relief appearances for Tijuana and Leon. Gutierrez previously pitched in the American Association for St. Paul, Fargo-Moorhead, and Grand Prairie. Gutierrez earned the win in Game One of the Division Series at Gary SouthShore last Wednesday, tossing seven shutout innings.
2017 American Association Championship Series
Wednesday, September 13th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Charle Rosario (11-5, 3.06) vs. RHP Danny Gutierrez (1-1, 1.69)
Thursday, September 14th – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Edwin Carl (9-4, 4.60) vs. RHP Alex Boshers (11-4, 3.72)
Saturday, September 16th – Shaw Park, 6:05 p.m.
LHP Kevin McGovern (13-3, 2.56) vs. RHP Jordan Cooper (8-2, 3.98)
Sunday, September 17th – Shaw Park, 4:05 p.m.
TBA vs. RHP Eddie Medina (9-3, 3.09)
Monday, September 18th – Shaw Park, 7:05 p.m.
TBA vs. TBA
Winnipeg Goldeyes League Final Appearances
1994 Northern League Championship Series (beat Sioux City 3-1)
1995 Northern League Championship Series (lost to St. Paul 3-1)
1997 Northern League Championship Series (lost to Duluth Superior 3-2)
1999 Northern League Championship Series (lost to Albany-Colonie 3-1)
2001 Northern League Championship Series (lost to New Jersey 3-1)
2002 Northern League Championship Series (lost to New Jersey 3-1)
2003 Northern League Championship Series (lost to Fargo-Moorhead 3-1)
2012 American Association Championship Series (beat Wichita 3-0)
2016 American Association Championship Series (beat Wichita 3-2)
2017 American Association Championship Series
Tickets for all Goldeyes postseason home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com