FARGO, ND – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (21-25) lost 9-4 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field on Thursday night.
The Goldeyes jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Tucker Nathans and Dave Sappelt started the game with back-to-back walks. On an 0-2 count, Josh Romanski pulled a three-run home run just inside the right field foul pole. Reggie Abercrombie followed with a line drive single to centre. Two batters later, Abercrombie advanced to second on a wild pitch and was driven home on a Josh Mazzola double to right-centre.
The RedHawks got two of the runs back in the bottom of the first. Maikol Gonzalez singled with one out, and took second when Brennan Metzger walked. After Goldeyes’ starter Alex Boshers struck out Devan Ahart, Charlie Valerio beat out an infield single on a groundball to second that extended the inning and loaded the bases. Leobaldo Pina lined a two-out single to left that scored Gonzalez and Metzger to cut the Goldeyes’ lead in half.
In the bottom of the second, Chris Jacobs was hit by a pitch leading off. Yhoxian Medina beat out a bunt attempt, and the RedHawks set up second and third with no outs on an ensuing throwing error. After Tim Colwell flied out to left, Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Jacobs. Metzger then tied the game with a double to right-centre.
Fargo-Moorhead (22-22) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Singles from Valerio and Pina, and a walk to Keury de la Cruz loaded the bases with no outs. Jacobs singled through the left side to drive in Valerio. Medina followed with a single down the left field line that scored Pina to make it 6-4.
Pina broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run triple to right-centre that provided the game’s final margin.
RedHawks’ starter Trey McNutt (2-4) picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. McNutt walked four and struck out six.
Travis Ballew pitched the final three innings for the RedHawks and was credited with the save.
Boshers (2-5) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs on 12 hits in five-plus innings. Boshers walked three and struck out three.
Pete Perez worked two innings in his Goldeyes’ debut and did not allow an earned run in relief of Boshers. Perez struck out five. Carter Johnson pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth for Winnipeg. Abercrombie finished with three hits.
Game two of the four-game series is Friday night at 7:02 p.m. Mitchell Lambson (2-1, 3.62) faces left-hander Sebastien Kessay (2-2, 2.25). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Monday, July 9th when they host the Sioux Falls Canaries. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/Goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.