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WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-3 in Game One of the American Association Division Series at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
The Goldeyes lead the best-of-three series 1-0.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, the Goldeyes rallied for five runs to take the lead. Reggie Pruitt Jr. drew a full-count, leadoff walk and went to third on a single to right-centre from Deon Stafford Jr. Raul Navarro ripped a single through the left side to score Pruitt with the tying run. Two batters later, Max Murphy doubled down the left field line to plate Stafford and give the Goldeyes a 2-1 lead. Navarro scored from third on David Washington’s slow roller along the third base line. Winnipeg took a 4-1 lead when Murphy scored on Logan Hill’s comebacker to RedHawks’ starter Kevin McGovern. On the ensuing throw to the plate, Murphy was injured in a collision with catcher Christian Correa and was removed from the game. Jacob Rhinesmith capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to centre that scored Washington.
Pruitt singled to centre leading off the bottom of the fourth, stole second, and scored the Goldeyes’ sixth run on a two-out, RBI single to centre from Ian Sagdal.
Fargo-Moorhead closed within 6-2 in the top of the eighth on a solo home run to left from Drew Ward.
In the top of the ninth, Alec Olund drew a one-out walk and scored on a triple to left-centre from Evan Alexander. Tasker Strobel then retired Sam Dexter and Correa back-to-back to close out the game.
Goldeyes’ starter Landen Bourassa (1-0) picked up the win in his first career postseason start, allowing one earned run on four hits over seven innings. Bourassa walked two and struck out three.
McGovern (0-1) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits in three innings. McGovern walked two and struck out none.
The RedHawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when John Silviano hit a leadoff home run to left-centre.
Game Two of the American Association Division Series is Friday, September 9th at Newman Outdoor Field. Luis Ramirez (10-7, 4.51) faces left-hander Tyler Grauer (10-5, 3.51). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on CJNU 93.7 FM and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
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