WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (55-36) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 5-2 at Shaw Park on Friday night.
Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Casey Turgeon drew an eight-pitch leaoff walk against Canaries’ starter Grady Wood. Turgeon advanced to second on a passed ball, took third on a wild pitch, and scored the go-ahead run when Josh Romanski hit a bloop single to centre field. After Dylan Thompson relieved Wood, Reggie Abercrombie reached first when third baseman Tyler Wolfe made an errant throw trying to force out Romanski at second. Shawn Pleffner and David Bergin followed with RBI singles, both coming on two-strike counts. It was Pleffner’s 70th RBI of the year, giving Winnipeg four players with 70-plus RBI. Prior to this season, the Goldeyes never had more than two players reach 70 or more RBI.
Victor Capellan (4-4) worked a scoreless top of the ninth and picked up the win in relief.
The Goldeyes manufactured a pair of runs against Wood in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Andrew Sohn legged out a leadoff infield single. After Turgeon walked on a full count, Romanski singled on a sharp groundball to centre field to score Sohn. Abercrombie followed with a line drive sacrifice fly to centre that brought home Turgeon.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Charle Rosario took a no-decision, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits over seven and two-thirds innings. Rosario walked one, struck out eight, and at one point retired 13 batters in a row.
In the top of the eighth, Wolfe reached second on an infield single and a throwing error. After Trey Vavra flied out to right, Wolfe advanced to third on a groundball to shorstop hit by Michael Falsetti. Dan Motl tripled into the right field corner to score Wolfe and cut the Goldeyes’ lead in half. After Capellan relieved Rosario, the Canaries tied the game when Brett Marr reached on a throwing error.
Wood (8-3) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits in seven-plus innings. Wood walked two and struck out six.
Turgeon has now walked eight times in eight games since signing with the Goldeyes last Friday. Turgeon also made a sprinting catch in left-centre to rob Falsetti of extra bases in the top of the third. Bergin turned 28 on Friday.
With the win, the Goldeyes maintain a four-game lead over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the American Association North Division. Winnipeg has nine games remaining on their regular season schedule, while the RedHawks have 11.
The series continues Saturday evening at 6:05 p.m. Edwin Carl (8-4, 4.59) takes on right-hander Troy Marks (3-7, 5.13). Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com