WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (16-10) beat the Texas AirHogs 3-0 at Shaw Park on Thursday night.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien (3-2) earned his third win of the season with seven shutout innings on just two base hits. O’Brien walked three, struck out one, retired the final 10 batters to face him, and completed his seven innings on just 91 pitches.
“Good game,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Well pitched by both teams. Their pitcher made one mistake to Reggie and hung a breaking ball. He put a good swing on it, and got us the two-run home run. Mikey was in control for seven innings today and just did a fantastic job. He was able to command down and away to right-handed hitters. His cutter was really good today and stayed off the barrel.”
With one out in the bottom of the third, Josh Romanski battled AirHogs’ starter Tyler Bremer (1-3) for an eight-pitch walk. Two batters later, Reggie Abercrombie clobbered a two-out, two-run home run to left-centre to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead.
“Great game all around,” said O’Brien. “We pitched really well, played defence, and got a big win.
“It’s tough, especially early on,” O’Brien added on working out of a pair of early jams. “I was wild and couldn’t find the strike zone, but I was able to settle in and throw it over the plate. Luckily my guys were under them.”
Wes Darvill led off the bottom of the fourth with a sharp single up the middle, and advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw from Bremer. On a pitch to Andrew Sohn that resulted in a walk, Darvill stole third and scored the Goldeyes’ third run when Michael Miller’s throw went down the left field line.
Mitchell Lambson pitched a scoreless top of the eighth in relief of O’Brien, while Ryan Chaffee struck out two during a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save of the year.
“Every day is a new story,” said Forney regarding the Goldeyes’ ability to bounce back. “It doesn’t matter what happens the day before. We seem to struggle in the opening of a series, but one of the great qualities our team has is that fight.”
Bremer took the loss for Texas (6-20), allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits over six and two-thirds. Bremer walked four and struck out three.
Sohn had an eight-game hitting streak come to an end. David Rohm collected eight putouts in right field.
The Goldeyes open a three-game series against the St. Paul Saints on Friday night. First pitch from Shaw Park is at 7:05 p.m. Kevin McGovern (4-0, 3.28) takes on right-hander Dustin Crenshaw (0-1, 10.50). 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