LINCOLN, NE – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (16-16) lost 7-3 to the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park on Wednesday night.
The Saltdogs scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie. With one out, Dan Hennigan, Mike Gilmartin, and Curt Smith worked out consecutive walks to load the bases. Rene Leveret followed with a single through the left side that scored Hennigan and Gilmartin with the lead runs. Leveret took second on the throw to the plate and scored along with Smith when Luis Alen hit a soft single to shallow right field with the Goldeyes’ infield drawn in.
Former Major League right-handed Evan Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for Lincoln (18-14) to close out the game.
The Goldeyes took an early lead for a second straight night. With one out in the top of the first inning, Casio Grider and Josh Romanski hit back-to-back doubles to make it 1-0.
Lincoln tied the game in the bottom of the second on a two-out, RBI single to right from Jon Smith.
Grider led off the top of the third with a bunt single, stole both second and third base, and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from Lincoln starter Ryan O’Sullivan.
Ryan Wiggins led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left-centre. Three batters later, Curt Smith lined an opposite-field solo shot to right that just cleared the wall and gave the Saltdogs a 3-2 lead.
Winnipeg answered right back to tie it in the fourth. Wes Darvill legged out a leadoff, infield single. Darvill stole second base and scored two batters later when Tanner Murphyripped an RBI single to right.
Brad Orosey (1-0) earned the win in relief with a scoreless eighth. Orosey was helped when Curt Smith made a diving catch near the right field corner to rob David Rohm of a leadoff, extra-base hit. Rohm finished with two hits on the night.
Cameron McVey (0-1) took the loss in relief, and was charged with Hennigan’s run in the bottom of the eighth.
Kevin McGovern started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on six hits in five innings. McGovern walked two and struck out three.
O’Sullivan also took a no-decision, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in seven innings. O’Sullivan walked one and struck out five.
Kyle Lotzkar threw two shutout innings in relief of McGovern, striking out two, and throwing just 17 total pitches. Darvill helped start three double plays for the Goldeyes’ defence, and also made a great play on a slow roller up the third base line from Wiggins in the bottom of the fifth.
The series concludes Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m. Edwin Carl (2-2, 5.75) takes on right-hander Lindsey Caughel (3-1, 1.50). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, June 28th for a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.goldeyes.com, or stopping by any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park. For information on season tickets, 10-Game Mini Packs, or group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-2273.