ST. PAUL, MN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (18-16) lost 13-7 to the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field on Friday night.
After Brady Shoemaker drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the second, Anthony Gallas lined a two-run home run to left that gave the Saints a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Maxx Garrett walked on nine pitches and scored the Saints’ third run on a double to left-centre from Jon Kristoffersen. After tanner Vavra struck out, Danny Oh singled to left-centre to bring home Kristoffersen.
The Saints opened a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Tony Thomas hit a two-out, two-run home run to right field.
In the bottom of the fifth, Nate Hanson reached on an infield single and advanced to second when Shoemaker was hit by a pitch. Gallas doubled down the left field line to score Hanson with the Saints’ seventh run. After Thomas was intentionally walked, Garrett reached on an infield single that scored Shoemaker. Two batters later, Vavra made it 9-0 Saints on a two-out, RBI single to right.
The Goldeyes got on the board in the top of the sixth when David Rohm and Josh Romanski opened the inning with back-to-back doubles. Romanski took third on a flyball to right from Reggie Abercrombie and scored on a line drive single to centre from Shawn Pleffner.
The Saints re-extended the lead in the sixth when Shoemaker hit a two-out, solo home run to right. Later in the inning, Kristoffersen blooped a two-run single to right-centre while Vavra drove in the Saints’ final run on a groundball single to centre.
Andrew Sohn plated Mason Katz with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 13-3. In the top of the eighth, David Bergin lined a two-out, two-run home run to left. Sohn hit a two-run home run off the right field foul pole in the top of the ninth before St. Paul reliever Connor Little closed out the game.
“The opposing pitcher is going to try and work quick, throw strikes, and get the game over with, so you have to take advantage of that,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth on the team’s late surge. “It should make for some opportunities. It’s nice that we scratched it out and didn’t roll over in our at bats.”
Edwin Carl (2-1) started and took the loss for Winnipeg, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits in five innings. Carl walked three and struck out six.
Jason Creasy (4-2) earned the win in the start for the Saints, allowing three earned runs on seven hits over seven innings. Creasy walked one and struck out five.
Kenny Mathews pitched three strong innings of long relief, allowing just one earned run. Katz finished with three base hits.
“It was tough that Kenny had to wear that one in the sixth,” said Vaeth, but to preserve some arms in the bullpen, props to him.”
Game three of the four-game series is Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Zack Dodson (2-1, 4.85) faces right-hander Mark Hamburger (5-1, 2.97). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca beginning with “Around the Association” at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s game broadcast will also be carried on 89.5 “The Lake” in Kenora, Ontario.
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, June 27th when they host the Gary SouthShore RailCats. 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