WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 5-3 to the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park on Friday night.
With the Goldeyes leading 3-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Chicago rallied for four runs to take the lead. Trey Vavra opened the frame with a solo home run to left-centre field. After Dalton Blaser singled through the right side, Brandon Bingel relieved Goldeyes’ starter JC Sulbaran. Bingel retired Matt Dean on a foul popup before Stephen Perez doubled into the right field corner to score Blaser. Michael Falsetti walked to put the go-ahead run on base. Jack Charleston then relieved Bingel and struck out Kenny Wilson. Edwin Arroyo walked to load the bases, and the Dogs went in front when Rubi Silva lined a two-out, two-run single to centre.
Former Major Leaguer Chad Girodo worked a perfect bottom of the seventh to protect the Dogs’ lead.
Chicago scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth on a single through the left side from Dean. Dexter Kjerstad made a perfect one-hop throw before pinch runner Tony Rosselli was ruled safe on a close play at the plate.
Former Goldeye Kaohi Downing threw a perfect eighth, while Taylor Grover earned his eighth save of the year with a perfect ninth.
Girodo (2-0) picked up the win in relief with two scoreless innings. The Dogs’ bullpen combined for four shutout innings without allowing a hit, and retired the final 10 Goldeyes’ batters in a row.
Winnipeg took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Matt McCann and Josh Romanski hit back-to-back one-out singles. Two batters later, Tucker Nathans launched a two-out, two-run double to left.
Nathans doubled down the right field line leading off the bottom of the sixth, and later scored the Goldeyes’ third run on a Tyler Baker sacrifice fly. Grant Heyman contributed to the run with his first sacrifice bunt of the year.
Sulbaran took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in six-plus innings. Sulbaran walked one and struck out four.
Dogs’ starter Josh Goossen-Brown also took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. Goossen-Brown walked two and struck out three.
Bingel (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Goldeyes. Nathans finished the game with three hits.
The series continues Saturday evening at 6:05 p.m. Tyler Herron (5-8, 6.46) faces right-hander Jared Carkuff (4-3, 3.15. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/Goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.