FARGO, ND –The Winnipeg Goldeyes suffered their first loss of spring training on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 6-2 decision to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in a rain-shortened game at Newman Outdoor Field
The game featured two of the top pitchers in the American Association, and they didn’t disappoint. The Goldeyes projected opening day starter Kevin McGovern pitched five solid innings for Winnipeg, allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out three, while former big-league right-hander Bradin Hagens countered for Fargo, striking out six Goldeye hitters in the first three innings.
Because of the strong pitching, neither team was able to get on the board early in the contest, but in the bottom of the fourth the Redhawks were able to break the deadlock. Brennan Metzger led off with a double before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Tim Colwell picked up his first of two RBI’s in the game, knocking home Metzger with an RBI groundout to give the RedHawks a 1-0 lead after the fourth.
It stayed that way until the top of the sixth when Goldeyes Dominic Ficociello, coming off a four-hit performance on Friday night, sent a booming shot over the wall in left-center field to tie things up a one.
Winnipeg took their first lead of the game moments later when Kevin Lachance walked, then stole second to get into scoring position before being driven home by two-out double from Correlle Prime, giving the Goldeyes a 2-1 lead heading into the middle of the sixth inning.
Kevin McAvoy took over for McGovern to begin the inning, and the RedHawks got to him early en-route to a five-run inning. With the driving rain coming down hard, McAvoy fired a wild pitch that scored Daniel Comstock from third to tie the game at two. Colwell picked up his second RBI of the game, bringing home Yhoxian Medina with the eventual game-winning run with a single, putting Fargo up 3-2.
The Redhawks tacked on three more runs on three consecutive wild pitches to round out the scoring and give Fargo a 6-2 lead.
The field conditions began to worsen, and the teams agreed that the game would be called after the top half of the seventh inning. Redhawks pitcher Tyler Herron struck out the Goldeyes in order, securing Fargo’s first win of spring training after losing to the Goldeyes in their previous three contests. The two clubs will not see each other again until Canada Day, when they begin a three-game set at Shaw Park.
Goldeyes catcher Kevin Garcia, who was having a career-year last season before being sidelined for the second half of last season with an injury, picked up where he left off, throwing out his first stolen base attempt of spring training in the second inning. Last season, Garcia led all American Association catchers in caught stealing rate at 50 percent (18-for-36).
The Goldeyes now travel to Nebraska to for a quick one-game stop to face the Lincoln Saltdogs before wrapping up their spring training schedule with a pair of games against the Kansas City T-Bones on Monday and Tuesday. All the action for can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2019 season on May 16th against the Texas AirHogs on the road. The Goldeyes’ 2019 home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 24th versus the Kansas City T-Bones. 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com