MOORHEAD, MN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 9-6 in a spring training game at Bucky Burgau Field on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second inning, Grant Heyman doubled down the left field line leading off. Two batters later, Josh Mazzola was hit by a pitch on the eighth pitch of his plate appearance. After Gavin Stupienski walked to load the bases, Matt McCann singled through the right side to drive in Heyman and Mazzola with the tying and go-ahead runs. The Goldeyes would not trail for the remainder of the afternoon, and went on to open a 4-1 lead in the second on back-to-back RBI singles from Victor Cruzado and Reynaldo Rodriguez.
Goldeyes’ starter Alex Boshers held the RedHawks to one earned run on three hits over four innings in his first appearance since being acquired via trade on Thursday. Boshers walked one, struck out three, and completed four innings on just 54 pitches.
Reggie Abercrombie led off the top of the third with a double to left-centre. Heyman followed with a line drive single to centre that extended Winnipeg’s lead to 5-1.
The Goldeyes added three more runs in the fourth. With first and second and one out, Abercrombie doubled down the right field line to score Andrew Sohn with the Goldeyes’ sixth run of the afternoon. Heyman made it 8-1 with a line drive double to left-centre that brought in Rodriguez and Abercrombie.
The RedHawks cut the lead to 8-4 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Patrick O’Donnell doubled down the left field line to score two runs. Brennan Metzger followed with an RBI groundout to shortstop.
In the top of the eighth, Jonathan Moroney launched a one-out, solo home run to deep left-centre.
A Leobaldo Pina two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth pulled the RedHawks within 9-6 before Tyler Beardsley recorded the final out to close out the win.
Boshers took a no-decision. Brandon Bingel earned the win in relief, pitching one and one-third perfect innings. Cameron McVey struck out one during a perfect bottom of the eighth.
Trevor Simms started for the RedHawks and took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on six hits in two and one-third innings. Simms walked five and struck out three.
10 different Goldeyes reached base at least once, and the offence combined to draw eight walks with four hit batsmen. Heyman finished with three hits, including two doubles, while driving in three. Abercrombie doubled twice, scored twice, drew a pair of walks, and had an RBI.
The RedHawks took a brief, 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single to centre from Randolph Oduber.
The game was played at Bucky Burgau Field on the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The field is named after Bucky Burgau who previously served as both head coach at Concordia and as bench coach for the RedHawks.
The Goldeyes are scheduled to practice at Sioux City’s Lewis and Clark Park on Sunday, and continue their pre-season schedule Monday night at Kansas City. First pitch from T-Bones Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca.