ST. PAUL, MN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes fell 1-0 against the St. Paul Saints in the final match of their four-game series at CHS Field on Sunday evening.
An RBI single from Anthony Phillips in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winning run. The RBI, scoring Justin OConner, was the only run of the game.
Shortly after the OConner run, Goldeyes starting pitcher Edwin Carl made a premature exit due to injury off a foul ball. During his five innings, Carl allowed one run and recorded six strikeouts. With the game’s strikeouts, Carl passed Goldeyes manager Rick Forney for third on the Goldeyes career strikeout list. Forney previously held the third-place record at 313 strikeouts.
With two outs recorded in the fifth, Mitchell Lambson replaced Carl on the mound. Coming off of short rest, Lambson kept the Saints to only one run. He pitched three and a third scoreless innings, striking out four. The fifth inning ended with a diving catch to left by Andrew Sohn. Sohn robbed Brady Shoemaker of a base hit, stranding two runners on base.
With seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings, St. Paul’s rookie right-hander Ryan Zimmerman earned his first professional win. Saints right-hander Jake Matthys relieved Zimmerman part way through the seventh. Matthys struck out four batters and recorded a seven-out save.
The Goldeyes now head home to play a three game series against the Wichita Wingnuts in their first matchup of the season. Goldeyes left-hander Kevin McGovern takes the mound on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. and faces Wichita right-hander Jordan Cooper. 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.