WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (45-31) beat the Wichita Wingnuts 8-7 at Shaw Park on Friday night.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning on a two-out, RBI single from Wingnuts’ catcher Martin Medina, the Goldeyes scored four runs in the bottom half to take the lead for the remainder of the night. Consecutive walks to Maikol Gonzalez, Josh Romanski, and Willie Cabrera loaded the bases with no outs and set up a game-tying, RBI single to right-centre from Reggie Abercrombie. Jacob Rogers followed with an opposite field, two-run double that traveled to the wall in left-centre. David Rohm capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to left.
“I think all of us are having a good time driving in runs right now,” said Rohm. “We’re getting on for the next guy, and if one guy doesn’t get it done, the next guy’s coming and picking him up, so we’re doing a really good job driving runs in. Tonight we had to battle a little bit more…it ended up working out, so it was good.”
Christian Stringer hit a two-out, RBI single to left in the top of the second to cut Winnipeg’s lead to 4-2, but the Goldeyes answered back in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly to centre from Abercrombie.
Medina pulled Wichita within 4-3 on a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fifth. The Goldeyes responded for a third time with two runs of their own. Wes Darvill doubled to right-centre leading off and scored on Grider’s double down the left field line. Two batters later, Gonzlaez singled to left-centre to drive in Grider.
Edwin Carl (8-5) earned the win for the Goldeyes, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits in five innings. Carl walked one, struck out eight, and is now 5-0 in his last six starts.
“Edwin did great for us,” added Rohm. “He gave us a chance. That’s all we were asking for everyday–somebody out there to give us a chance to win, and Edwin made sure he did that. He got ahead and got guys out, and that’s what we needed to get the win tonight.”
Anthony Capra (0-2) took the loss for Wichita, allowing five earned runs on two hits in one and two-thirds innings. Capra walked eight and struck out one.
Brandon Shimo relieved Carl in the sixth and pitched a scoreless inning. Victor Capellan made his Goldeyes’ debut in the seventh and went on to pitch one and two-thirds shutout innings. Eric Eadington recorded the final out in the eighth in relief of Capellan.
“He did a great job,” said Rohm referring to Capellan. “First impressions were great. He came in here and met everybody, had a lot of energy, and he took that out on the mound and battled for us. It was fun to watch.”
Rohm stretched Winnipeg’s lead to 8-4 with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Abercrombie started the rally with a two-out, 11-pitch walk. Rogers followed with another walk to bring Rohm to the plate.
With two outs and no one on base in the ninth, Wichita scratched across three unearned runs. An error charged to Rogers with the bases loaded scored Zack Cox and TJ Mittelstaedt to make it 8-6. After Brent Dean reached on an infield single, Richard Prigatano scored Matt Chavez on another infield hit. Eadington then struck out Brennen Salgado looking to finish the four-out save and strand the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.
Game three of the four-game series is Saturday evening at 6:05 p.m. Mikey O’Brien (8-4, 4.80) takes on right-hander Eddie Medina (5-3, 4.89).
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.