WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Lincoln Saltdogs 6-2 in Game Three of the American Association Division Series at Shaw Park on Saturday evening.
The Goldeyes lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Charle Rosario (1-0) pitched seven strong innings to earn the win. Rosario allowed two earned runs on just four hits, walked two, and struck out 10.
Casey Turgeon led off the bottom of the first inning and reached first base on a dropped third strike. After David Rohm drew a five-pitch walk, Josh Romanski lined a single to left that scored Turgeon with the game’s first run. On a two-strike count, Reggie Abercrombie put the ball in play on a comebacker to Saltdogs’ starter Bennett Parry. The groundball advanced runners to second and third, and set up a sacrifice fly to left from Shawn Pleffner. After David Bergin walked, Wes Darvill pulled a two-out, RBI double down the right field line that scored Romanski to make it 3-0.
“Really good game,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “We pitched it well for nine innings. Defence was outstanding, and we had a lot of good at bats. Game three is always an important game in the series. It can go a lot of different ways for you. Charle is one of the best in the league, and he showed that tonight. (David Rohm) had a good game today. He looked like the David Rohm of last year, waited for some stuff to hang in the zone, and took it out to centre field.”
Following a leadoff walk to Christian Ibarra in the first, Rosario retired the next nine batters in a row. Joe Robbins broke Rosario’s streak with a single leading off the top of the fourth, but Rosario induced a groundball double play from Cesar Valera before striking out Curt Smith to end the inning.
Brandon Jacobs walked leading off the top of the fifth. Nathaniel Maggio then reached on a popfly single that dropped in shallow left. Jacobs tried to advance to a vacated third base, but Rosario sprinted to the bag, received a throw from Turgeon, and tagged Jacobs for the first out of the inning. Rosario then recorded back-to-back groundball outs on Randolph Oduber and Brent Dean to keep Lincoln off the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the fifth, Pleffner drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second two batters later when Darvill lined a single to centre. Fabio Martinez relieved Parry, and after Martinez recorded a strikeout, Andrew Sohn legged out an infield single on a roller up the third base line to load the bases. Turgeon then coaxed a full-count walk that forced home Pleffner with the Goldeyes’ fourth run. Rohm followed with a line drive single to centre that scored Darvill and Sohn to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Robbins hit a two-out, ground rule double to centre in the top of the sixth. Valera followed with a line drive, two-run home run to left to cut the Goldeyes’ lead to 6-2. Rosario came back and struck out Smith to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Sohn made a leaping catch on a line drive to shortstop that robbed Jacobs of a base hit. After Rosario fanned Maggio for his 10th strikeout of the night, Turgeon made a diving stop up the middle on a groundball from Oduber. From one knee, Turgeon threw out Oduber for the final out of the inning.
Victor Capellan relieved Rosario in the top of the eighth, struck out two batters, and threw just 10 pitches in a perfect inning.
Ryan Chaffee worked a scoreless top of the ninth to close out the win.
Parry (0-1) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in four and one-third innings. Parry walked five and struck out seven.
Rohm finished with four hits, all of which went to centre field. The Goldeyes drew eight walks for a second time in the series. Goldeyes’ pitching combined for 13 strikeouts, tying a season-high accomplished twice during the regular season. Romanski and Darvill each had two hits.
Game Four of the American Association Division Series is Sunday afternoon. First pitch from Shaw Park is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Kevin McGovern (13-3, 2.56) faces right-hander Seth Webster (5-4, 3.56). The “if necessary” Game Five will also be played at Shaw Park on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for all Goldeyes postseason home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, 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