(Photo credit Betsy Bissen/St. Paul Saints)
ST. PAUL, MN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 6-5 to the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field on Sunday evening.
Tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Zach Walters led off with a single through the right side. After Brandon Bingel relieved Jack Charleston, Dante Bichette Jr. walked. Justin O’Conner then flied out to right, advancing Walters to third base. The Saints took a 6-5 lead when Trevor Sealey beat out a potential double play on a groundball to shortstop.
Mike Devine took over for Zack Jones in the top of the ninth and worked a perfect inning to record his fifth save of the year.
Jones (1-0) picked up the win having thrown a scoreless top of the eighth. Charleston (2-3) took the loss for the Goldeyes.
Charleston made his 59th appearance of the season, setting a new Goldeyes’ and American Association record. Brendan Lafferty held the previous record with 58 appearances in 2015.
The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Max Murphy led off with a double off the wall in right and scored the game’s first run when Kyle Barrett doubled to left. Three batters later, Bichette singled home Barrett with two outs. After O’Conner singled to right, Bichette scored the Saints’ third run on a wild pitch. Sealey then reached on an error that brought home O’Conner.
The Goldeyes cut the deficit in half in the top of the third. Gavin Stupienski led off with a single and went to third on a one-out double to right-centre from Josh Romanski. Grant Heyman hit a groundball to Bichette at third resulting in an errant throw to the plate that allowed Stupienski to score. O’Conner then made a wild throw to second attempting to cut down Heyman. Romanski scored on the second error.
Tucker Nathans and Andrew Sohn opened the fourth with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, Stupienski singled through the right side to drive in Nathans. After Saints’ starter Trevor Foss recorded the second out of the inning, Romanski singled up the middle to plate Sohn with the tying run.
Tyler Baker led off the top of the seventh with a single to right off left-handed reliever Kenneth Frosch. It was just the seventh hit against Frosch by a left-handed batter this season. Frosch retired Heyman and was relieved by righty Evan Mitchell. Reggie Abercrombie singled through the left side to move Baker to second.Josh Mazzola followed with an RBI single to right that gave Winnipeg a 5-4 lead. It was Mazzola’s 999th career base hit.
The Saints tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Joey Wong scored on a two-out wild pitch.
Mitchell Lambson started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in six-plus innings. Lambson walked none and struck out three.
Foss also took a no-decision, allowing four runs, two earned, on 10 hits in five innings. Foss walked none and struck out two.
Abercrombie finished with three hits. Heyman’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end.
The Goldeyes close out the 2018 season against the Saints on Monday morning at 11:05 a.m. Alex Boshers(3-10, 5.40) makes the start for Winnipeg. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at cjnu.ca