WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (17-11) defeated the St. Paul Saints 3-2 at Shaw Park on Saturday night.
Goldeyes’ starter Zach Nuding (2-3) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and did not allow an earned run over seven and one-third to pick up his second win of the season. Nuding walked five and struck out three, while allowing just two hits.
“Really well-pitched by both teams,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “We just made a few more than them today. (Zach’s) been scuffling with some inconsistencies early in the season, but he rose to the occasion today. It was a very important game for our club. His body control was great.”
In the top of the second inning, Tony Thomas drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an error charged to Mason Katz. After Maxx Garrett laid down a sacrifice bunt, Jon Kristoffersen hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Thomas with the game’s first run. When the ensuing throw to the plate deflected to the backstop, Colwell scored to make it 2-0 St. Paul.
Andrew Sohn sliced a double to right-centre with one out in the bottom of the third. Two batters later, David Bergin lined a single to right-centre that scored Sohn and cut the Saints’ lead to 2-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Sohn came back from an 0-2 count and hit a solo home run to right field that tied the game. Bergin hit a solo home run two batters later that provided the final margin.
Nuding held the Saints without a hit until Garrett lined a single to left leading off the top of the seventh.
“I just tried to throw strikes the whole game,” said Nuding. “Luckily for me, it was working, and I was getting ground balls and pop flies. I tried to carry that momentum from inning to inning so we could get our sticks alive, especailly against a good team like that.”
The Saints put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the top of the eighth before Ryan Chaffee struck out Colwell to end the threat. Chaffee then pitched a perfect top of the ninth to complete the four-out save, his league-leading ninth of the year. During the inning, Josh Romanski made a running catch against the wall down the left field line in foul territory to retire Garrett.
Saints’ starter John Straka (3-3) took the loss for the Saints (18-10), allowing three earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Straka walked three and struck out five.
Sohn finished with a career-high four hits.
The rubber match of the three-game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Edwin Carl (2-0, 2.78) faces right-hander Jason Creasy (2-2, 3.96). 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.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com