WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (38-29) defeated the Kansas City T-Bones 2-0 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
Edwin Carl (6-5) and Eric Eadington combined on a two-hit shutout as the Goldeyes won a fourth consecutive game for the first time this season. The win also provided Winnipeg its first series sweep of 2016. The Goldeyes have won 17 of their last 24 games, seven of their last eight series, and have assured themselves a lead in the American Association wild card race heading into Monday’s all-star break.
“The pitching was good today by both teams,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Edwin was fantastic and had good arm speed today. Just good fastball command on both sides of the plate to both righties and lefties. Today was all about his fastball, and it was explosive.
He’s (Eadington) a weapon for us in the bullpen. He’s had a tough couple days. He hasn’t gotten into games. We’ve gotten him up and gotten him loose and we wound up winning the game late, and he doesn’t get in, but he still had to work and get loose. It’s not like he had two compete days off, so for him to go out there and give us three innings and throw the ball like he threw the baseball is pretty impressive.”
Carl pitched six-plus scoreless innings, allowing just a pair of infield singles. Carl walked four and struck out six in the winning effort.
In the bottom of the fourth, Josh Romanski bunted for a single with one out. Two batters later, Romanski stole second, and scored the game’s first run on a two-out, RBI single to right field from Wes Darvill.
“Wes had a big day for us,” said Forney. “Romanski got the bunt base hit, a stolen base, and then he ran hard on the infield base hit by Wes Darvill. The second baseman couldn’t play cleanly in the hole, and when your guy from second base is running hard, it gives me an option to send him, and once it kicked off his glove, we just took a chance and rolled the dice there. Darvill came up again and got the big two-out base hit into right centre field to drive in our second run. He had a good day.”
Reggie Abercrombie singled up the middle with one out in the sixth. Abercrombie stole second, and advanced to third on an error by T-Bones’ shortstop Vladimir Frias. Darvill delivered with two outs for a second straight at bat with a line drive single to right-centre that scored Abercrombie to make it 2-0 Goldeyes.
Eadington relieved Carl with a runner on first and no outs in the top of the seventh. Eadington recorded three outs, helped by a diving catch in centre from Abercrombie to rob Brett Wiley, and a sliding stop in the hole at shortstop from Maikol Gonzalez to start an inning-ending force play.
Eadington struck out two during a perfect eighth, and struck out Sergio Leon as the tying run at the plate in the ninth to seal the win and record the nine-out save.
“We kind of know where we’re at in the standings,” said Forney. “Today was pretty important, obviously. We wanted to get our first sweep. We’ve kind of underachieved in that area a little bit this year, but today was big because we needed to win against Kansas City to make sure we won the season series against them. We’ve just got to keep playing as good baseball as we possibly can. It’s going to be tough (in) the month of August. We’ve got a tough schedule playing some really good teams, and we’ve just got to find a way to keep playing high-level baseball.”
Josh Hodges (3-6) took the loss for Kansas City. Hodges allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in six and one-third innings. Hodges walked one and struck out seven.
Abercrombie had two hits in the game. The Goldeyes totaled four stolen bases.
Winnipeg’s last four-game winning streak came in 2015 when the Goldeyes won their final four games of the regular season. That run also marked Winnipeg’s last series sweep, a three-game sweep of the Lincoln Saltdogs.
The Goldeyes entered the day with a 1.0 game lead over the Laredo Lemurs in the wild card race. Laredo hosts Wichita later this evening.
The Goldeyes now enjoy a three-day break for the American Association All-Star Game, which is Tuesday, August 2nd at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Goldeyes’ outfielders David Rohm and Willie Cabrera will represent the club. The All-Star Game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and can be viewed live at www.americanassociationbaseball.tv
The Goldeyes return to action Thursday, August 4th when they open a four-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. First pitch from US Steel Yard is at 7:10 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Thursday, August 11th when they open a four-game series against the Wichita Wingnuts. 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.