WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (39-28) beat the Lake Country DockHounds 6-3 at Shaw Park on Saturday night.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Ian Sagdal singled to centre with one out. Raul Navarro followed with a bloop single to centre that extended his hitting streak to 20 games. After Max Murphy was hit by a pitch to load the bases, David Washington hit a sacrifice fly in foul territory in the left field corner to plate Sagdal.
In the bottom of the second, Hidekel Gonzalez and Kevin Lachance hit back-to-back one-out singles. Eric Rivera walked to load the bases, and the Goldeyes took a 2-0 lead when Sagdal ripped a single through the right side that scored Gonzalez. Navarro followed with a sacrifice fly to right that plated Lachance.
Lake Country (24-43) pulled within 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Daikan Yoh singled to centre leading off and scored from first on Jordan Schaffer’s double to left. Two batters later, Schaffer scored on a Giovanni Brusa sacrifice fly to centre.
The Goldeyes re-extended the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth on solo home runs from Navarro and Washington.
Reggie Pruitt Jr. ripped a solo shot to left leading off the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-2.
The DockHounds scratched out a two-out run in the top of the ninth on a single from Jake Snider before Tasker Strobel entered from the bullpen and recorded the final out of the game to earn his league-leading 19th save.
RJ Martinez (7-4) picked up the win in relief, pitching the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Jhon Vargas started for the Goldeyes as an opener and pitched two scoreless innings.
DockHounds’ starter Alex McRae (3-3) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in four and one-third innings. McRae walked two and struck out four.
Alex Hart pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Goldeyes.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Landen Bourassa (2-3, 4.37) faces left-hander Evan Kruczynski (4-2, 3.86).
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