FARGO, ND – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (14-8) beat the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks 9-3 at Newman Outdoor Field on Sunday afternoon.
“That was a tough one,” said Goldeyes hitting coach Tom Vaeth. “A lot of credit to our guys to battle through. It’s always hard to come into Fargo, but to come out with that effort after the week we’ve had it’s definitely a great series to come out on top of.”
After going scoreless through the first three innings, Wes Darvill hit a RBI single to right field in the top of the fourth that scored Shawn Pleffner. Alixon Suarez hit a fly-ball to right field that brought in Mason Katz, and Josh Romanski hit a two run single to drive in Andrew Sohn and Darvill to give the Goldeyes the 4-0 lead.
The Redhawks answered in the bottom of the fourth, with the bases loaded KD Kang hit a ground ball past Pleffner to score Mitch Delfino, Mike Schwartz scored one batter later when Ryan Pineda grounded out cutting the lead to 4-2 for the Goldeyes.
Mike Schwartz hit a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth on a fielders choice that cut the lead to 4-3 for Winnipeg.
In the top of the sixth, Yhoxian Medina missed the double play when he threw past Delfino at first that allowed Romanski to get to second, with two outs David Bergin hit the two-run homer to left field to take it to 6-3. Reggie Abercrombie hit a single to centre and was brought home when Pleffner hit an RBI double off the wall in left centre field. One batter later Katz hit a two run homer on a line to left field, completing a five run top of the sixth extending the Goldeyes lead to 9-3.
“That’s what we kind of always preach in the dugout, lets get to the next guy.. and the next. With that mentality theres nothing saying you can’t start a rally with two outs. Bergin got the big home run, which got us to Reggie, which got us to Pleffner and to Mason who comes up and hits a home run. Great job by our guys to extend the inning.”
Kevin McGovern (4-0) and the defence held the Redhawks scoreless the remaining four innings, with McGovern retiring eight straight batters at one point.
“If you’re gonna put yourself in a situation with bases loaded early in the game you better do your best to minimize. To McGovern’s credit he got us back in the dugout with a lead and gave our hitters a great chance to come out and do what they did.”
McGovern earned the win allowing four hits, three earned runs and seven strikeouts through seven innings, with Mike O’Neal taking the loss.
The Goldeyes return home on June 12th when they open a four-game series against the Texas AirHogs. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
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