WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (27-19) beat the St. Paul Saints 7-6 at Shaw Park on Saturday evening.
Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Goldeyes rallied for two runs to win for a fifth time this season when trailing after seven innings. James Harris drew a four-pitch, leadoff walk and went to third when Kyle Martin muscled a broken-bat single down the right field line. On an 0-2 count, Reggie Abercrombie poked a single to shallow right that scored Harris with the tying run. After a wild pitch moved runners to second and third with no outs, Saints’ closer Todd Van Steensel nearly forced extra innings by recording back-to-back popouts. Tyler Hill got ahead 2-0 and the Saints elected for an intentional walk that loaded the bases. Alex Perez then battled Van Steensel for nine pitches, drawing a full-count walk that forced home Martin with the winning run.
Victor Capellan (1-0) earned the win in relief, and made his 220th all-time appearance in the American Association. Capellan is now tied with Dustin Cameron for the league’s career record.
Van Steensel (2-2) took the loss for the Saints (30-17).
The Goldeyes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Hill led off with a single to centre. Two batters later, Hill stole second, took third on a throwing error, and scored the game’s first run when Willy Garcia ripped a double down the left field line. Wes Darvill reached on an infield single, and eventually scored on a two-out, RBI infield hit from Martin.
In the top of the third, Dan Motl doubled home Max Murphy with the Saints’ first run. Later in the inning, Devon Rodriguez and Steve Pascual hit back-to-back two-out, RBI singles to give the Saints a 3-2 lead.
The Goldeyes briefly tied the game in the bottom of the third when Abercrombie was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Motl singled home Murphy in the top of the fourth to give the Saints a 4-3 advantage.
Winnipeg scored twice in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Jordan Hovey drew a one-out walk and went to third on a Kevin Garcia ground rule double to right-centre. After Mike Devine relieved Karch Kowalczyk, Hill lined a single to left that scored Hovey with the tying run. Perez then hit a line drive to right that was caught by Murphy. Garcia initially held at third, but raced home with the lead run when Murphy’s throw bounced away from catcher Caden Skinner.
The Saints took their third lead of the game in the top of the eighth on a two-out, two-run double to left-centre from Brady Shoemaker.
Mitchell Lambson started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Lambson walked four and struck out nine.
Thomas Curtin started for the Saints and also took a no-decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in two and two-thirds innings. Curtin walked none and struck out one.
Spencer Herrmann pitched a scoreless top of the seventh in his Goldeyes’ debut. Christian Torres also worked a scoreless inning of relief.
Game four of the five-game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Ryan Johnson (1-3, 4.66) faces right-hander Eddie Medina (4-1, 2.77). 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