WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (45-32) beat the Milwaukee Milkmen 13-1 at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Eric Rivera and Ian Sagdal started the frame with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, Max Murphy reached on an infield single that scored Rivera. A throwing error on Murphy’s single moved runners to second and third, and the Goldeyes made it 3-0 when David Washington ripped a single through the right side.
Winnipeg broke the game open with a six-run bottom of the fourth. With one out, Kevin Lachance and Deon Stafford Jr. hit back-to-back singles. Hidekel Gonzalez followed with a two-run double into the left field corner. After Rivera singled through the left side, Sagdal hit an RBI double down the right field line that made it 6-0 and chased out Milkmen starter AJ Jones. Facing new reliever Juan Echevarria, Raul Navarro smacked a two-run double to centre field. Two batters later, Washington lined a single down the left field line that scored Navarro with the Goldeyes’ ninth run.
Milwaukee (40-37) scored its lone run in the top of the sixth on a two-out, RBI single from Jeremiah Burks.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Landen Bourassa (4-4) picked up the win, allowing one earned run on eight hits over seven innings. Bourassa walked two, struck out none, and recorded 14 of his 21 outs on groundballs.
The Goldeyes tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, Sagdal drove home Lachance with an RBI single. Navarro followed with a two-run double into the right field corner, while Murphy singled to right to chase home Sagdal.
The Goldeyes finished with 18 hits, which tied a season-high. Will McAffer and Zac Ryan each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Bourassa. Rivera made a diving and sliding catch in right-centre to rob Carl Chester of an extra-base hit in the top of the eighth. All nine Goldeyes’ starters had at least one hit, including four by Sagdal.
Jones (5-4) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits in three and one-third innings. Jones walked none and struck out none.
The Goldeyes are off Thursday and return to action Friday when they host the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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