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Goldeyes Beat Wichita 11-9 In A Slugfest

WINNIPEG, MB. — Heading into the bottom of the third inning on Saturday night, things looked pretty bleak for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. They were behind 6-1 and starting pitcher Zack Dodson was struggling.

But after giving up three in the first and three in the third, the Goldeyes answered. The Fish scored four in the bottom of the third, five more in the bottom of the fourth and then added an insurance run in the eighth, as Winnipeg came from behind to beat the Wichita Wingnuts 11-9 in slugfest in front of 4,134 at Shaw Park.

“We got some really good offence tonight,” Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney said on the CJNU post-game show. “We didn’t do much on (Friday) night offensively. Today, we got some really good swings on pitches left in the middle of the plate. Their bullpen did a really good job today. Josh (Romanski) getting that home run to give us a little separation in the eighth was a big boost.”

With the win, the Goldeyes improved to 46-32 on the season and evened this three-game series at one win apiece. However, both the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and St. Paul Saints lost on Saturday night so the Goldeyes lead both teams by four full games in the race for first in the American Association’s North Division. The Fish have won seven of their last 10.

Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the third, Jordan Ebert led off with a single and took second when Andrew Sohn singled. David Rohm followed with a two-run double that cut the Wingnuts’ lead to 6-3. Two batters later, Reggie Abercrombie reached on a throwing error by third baseman TJ Mittelstaedt that put men on second and third with one out. Shawn Pleffner made it 6-4 with a groundout to first that scored Rohm. David Bergin drove in Abercrombie with a double to left-centre that pulled the Goldeyes to within one.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ebert again sparked the Goldeyes with a leadoff double and two batters later, Rohm tied the game with a double that scored Ebert. Romanski singled to score Rohm and Winnipeg had a 7-6 lead. After Abercrombie singled through the left side, Pleffner slugged a three-run homer to right and the Fish led 10-6.

The Wingnuts rallied for three runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game, but Romanski homered in the eighth to round out the scoring.

Victor Capellan (2-4, 1.56 ERA) took over in the seventh and worked two perfect innings to earn the win. Ryan Chaffee took over in the top of the ninth and struck out two during a perfect inning to earn his 16th save. Tim Brown (2-3, 8.38 ERA) started for Wichita and was tagged with the loss. He allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on 11 hits in only 3.1 innings of work.

The Goldeyes outhit Wichita 14-11 as Bergin and Pleffner led the way. Pleffner had two hits in four trips with two runs scored and four RBI. Bergin went three-for-four with an RBI, but all three hits were doubles, tying a Goldeyes’ single-game record. David Rohm went two-for-five with two runs scored and two RBI while Romanski also went two-for-five with two runs scored and two driven in.

The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Edwin Carl (7-3, 4.04 ERA) will take the ball for Winnipeg while right-hander Alex Boshers (10-2, 3.17 ERA), the ace of the Wichita staff, will toe the rubber for the Wingnuts. There are plenty of great seats available. Every Goldeyes game can be heard live on 93.7 CJNU in Winnipeg.

—Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Photo – Dan LeMoal

Editor of the popular Game On Hockey Magazine and The Point After Football Magazine, editor of Canadian Meat Business Magazine, sports editor of Grassroots News, TV play-by-play voice of the Winnipeg Goldeyes and author of the bestselling book: The Winnipeg Jets: A Celebration of Professional Hockey in Winnipeg. He likes virgin pina coladas, long walks on the beach, puppies and thoroughbred race horses that run according to form.
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