WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (43-31) beat the Lincoln Saltdogs 11-6 at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the third, Reggie Abercrombie legged out a one-out infield single and went to third on Kyle Martin’s double down the right field line. On an 0-2 count, Willy Garcia put the Goldeyes ahead for good with a line drive, two-run single to centre.
The Goldeyes plated six runs in the bottom of the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Alex Perez led off with a single to left-centre and was doubled home by Kevin Garcia. Tyler Hill bunted for a base hit before stealing second. Two batters later, Abercrombie singled to centre to drive in Kevin Garcia. Martin and Willy Garcia followed with RBI singles, while Adrian Marin capped the rally with a two-out, two-run double to right-centre.
“Good game by everyone,” said Abercrombie. “Lambson came out and did a great job, and the boys came out and hit. Tom had a great scouting report on the pitcher. We just tried to stick to our plan, and Lambson did what he always does. We’re going for a playoff push, so we have to be consistent. Tomorrow’s game is big. The series in Milwaukee and St. Paul are big. The rest of the season is big.”
Lincoln pulled within 10-6 on a Josh Mazzola three-run home run in the top of the sixth, and a Forrest Allday run-scoring double play in the top of the seventh.
Hill re-extended the Goldeyes’ lead to 11-6 in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run that struck the left field foul pole.
Justin Kamplain and Cameron McVey combined for a perfect top of the eighth, while Victor Capellan struck out two in a perfect top of the ninth to seal the win.
Mitchell Lambson (10-2) picked up the win for Winnipeg, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits in six and one-third innings. Lambson walked none and struck out seven.
Spencer Herrmann (2-2) started for the Saltdogs (32-42) and took the loss, allowing 10 earned runs on 15 hits in four innings. Herrmann walked one and struck out one.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Hill singled to centre, advanced to second on a Wes Darvill walk, and scored on an Abercrombie line drive single to right-centre.
Dominic Ficociello opened the bottom of the second with a single to left-centre, stole second, took third when Marin bunted for a hit, and scored the Goldeyes’ second run on a sacrifice fly to centre from Perez.
The Saltdogs briefly tied the game in the top of the third when Christian Ibarra hit a two-run home run to left-centre.
The three-game series concludes Thursday morning at 11:05 a.m. Joel Bender (1-2, 2.67) faces right-hander Brad Thoutt (0-0, 4.50). Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com