Photo Credit: Matt Zuro
ROSEMONT, IL – The Chicago Dogs (10-12) defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 13-8 at Impact Field Thursday evening in a seven inning contest. The loss snapped the Goldeyes’ winning streak at seven games although Winnipeg (16-9) still leads the American Association standings by one game.
Dogs centrefielder Michael Crouse hit the first pitch of the bottom of the opening inning onto the left field concourse for a home run.
The Goldeyes tied the game in the top of the second inning when Roy Morales doubled into the right field corner to plate Logan Hill, then took a 2-1 lead when John Nester scored on a Jordan George sacrifice fly, also to right.
Winnipeg added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning. They went up 3-1 when Nester hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Kyle Martin to come home. Then Morales once again drove in Hill with a sharp single to right.
Chicago would blow the game open in the bottom of the inning when they would cross the plate eight times. First Victor Roache homered with a man on to make the score 4-3 Goldeyes before Garrett Hope tied the game with an RBI single to right field that scored Harrison Smith. A two-run, two-out single by K.C. Hobson and a three-run home run off the bat of Tyler Ladendorf gave the home team a 9-4 lead.
The Goldeyes responded in the top of the fifth inning when Nester hit a three run shot – his third home run of the series – off former Major League left-hander Casey Crosby. That cut Chicago’s lead to 9-7.
The Dogs quickly replied however, as Edwin Arroyo hit a two-out, two-run double that scored Smith and Crouse to make the score Chicago 11 Goldeyes 7. Seven of the Dogs’ runs were scored with two out.
Roache would move into a tie for the league lead when he hit his second two-run home run of the game and seventh of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Chicago a 13-7 edge.
Martin hit his fourth home run of the season in the top of the seventh inning to make it 13-8 Dogs and round out the scoring. It was the Goldeyes’ tenth home run of the series.
Justin Kamplain (1-1) took the loss in relief of starter John Gorman. Gorman struck out seven in three-plus innings, all within the first seven outs he recorded. Jake Cousins (1-0) was awarded the win in a scorer’s decision as Dogs starter Luke Westphal exited after four innings.
The Goldeyes now return to their hub city of Fargo, North Dakota where they will host a three-game weekend series with the St. Paul Saints. Friday’s game gets underway at 6:00 PM with lefty Kevin McGovern (0-1, 5.58) going up against Eddie Medina (1-3, 7.00). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca.
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