© Al Bryski
Game 1 Report
It was in the plus 30’s at the start of the first game of the doubleheader between the Goldeyes and the team they are chasing, the St.Paul Saints. After winning both ends of the previous day’s doubleheader, the Goldeyes were now just 4.5 games back of the leading Saints. A 5:30 start saw many empty seats in the stands, as the fans would trickle in through the course of the game.
Kevin McGovern delivered a great pitching performance as he held the league leading Saints to only 2 hits in a 4-0 shutout for the Goldeyes. McGovern struck out 6 and only walked 2. The game ended on a beautiful double play, Grider to Gonzalez to Rohm, who was substituting for the injured Rogers who was hurt in a collision with McGovern when both collided on a fielding attempt on a bunt.
The offensive power was supplied by birthday boy, Casio Grider, a solo home run, his 9th. Josh Romanski, the DH, came through with a clutch 2 run homer, also his ninth. Carlton Tanabe, who caught a masterful game, also chipped in with an RBI double.
There were some great fielding plays as players from both teams made some outstanding plays in support of their pitchers. Now only 3.5 games back, the second game should prove most interesting.
© Steve Schuster and the Winnipeg Goldeyes
Game 2 Report
The Goldeyes fell just shy of another late comeback in game two. Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Reggie Abercrombie singled and was followed by a walk from Romanski. All-star closer Ryan Rodebaugh relieved starter Robert Coe (10-2). David Rohm singled up the middle to score Abercrombie and cut the lead to 7-3. After Darvill singled through the right side to load the bases with no outs and bring the tying run to the plate, Rodebaugh nearly escaped the inning with limited damage by retiring the next two hitters without allowing a run to score. However, Maikol Gonzalez smacked a three-run triple to right-centre that pulled the Goldeyes within one run and put the tying run on third base.
Before Adam Heisler could try and tie the game, a heavy thunderstorm forced a one-hour and seven-minute rain delay. A flurry of Goldeyes’ staff members and players helped get the field in working order. When play resumed, Rodebaugh retired Heisler on a flyball down the left field line to end the inning.
Brandon Shimo recorded two outs in the top of the seventh, but the arrival of a second storm forced the umpires to call the game. With five innings already completed, the Saints earn credit for the rain-shortened, six-inning win.
Edwin Carl (8-6) took the loss for the Goldeyes, allowing six earned runs on five hits in four innings. Carl walked five and struck out four.
Coe earned the win for the Saints, allowing four earned runs on three hits in five-plus innings. Coe walked six and struck out one.
The Saints took the lead in the top of the first when Caldwell drew a two-out, bases loaded walk. Myles followed with a two-run double down the left field line that hit the chalk.
Tanner Vavra’s groundout in the second brought in Breland Almadova from third to make it 4-0.
The Goldeyes cut the lead in half in the third on a two-out, two-run homer from Cabrera.
St. Paul answered back with two in the fourth on an Alonzo Harris RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Vavra.
Tony Thomas hit a two-out, RBI single in the sixth to drive what proved to be the decisive run.
The series concludes Thursday morning at 11:05 a.m. Mikey O’Brien (9-4, 4.64) faces former Major Leaguer Dan Johnson (4-2, 3.41). Johnson, who has 57 home runs during 10 Major League seasons, is serving as a knuckleball pitcher for the Saints.
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