Goldeyes Drop 3-1 Decision to Wingnuts

WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes picked up pitcher Charle Rosario from the Gary SouthShore RailCats this week and he did not disappoint.

Of course, he wasn’t around for the mess at the end either.

After pitching seven complete innings of magnificent one-hit baseball on Friday night at Shaw Park, Rosario was pulled from his first start as a member of the Winnipeg Goldeyes. On came Mitchell Lambson in the eighth and in the blink of an eye, Lambson gave up three runs on four hits and the Goldeyes found themselves on the short end of a 3-1 Wichita Wingnuts victory.

It was a disappointing way to start a seven-game homestand — and the first game of 17 of the final 24 at home this season.

As a result of the loss, the Goldeyes fell to 45-32 on the season, but the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks lost their second straight and still trail Winnipeg by three full games in the American Association’s North Division. The St. Paul Saints, however, won last night and pulled into a second-place tie, also three games back.

The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when leadoff man Andrew Sohn doubled and came home on an RBI single by Josh Romanski. But that was it. While Rosario was mowing down the Wingnuts, Wichita starter Jordan Cooper was almost as good. Cooper (6-1, 4.06 ERA) allowed only one run on five hits through seven and earned the win. Ryan Kussmaul worked the ninth and picked up his first save.

The Goldeyes and Winguts managed only five hits each. Shawn Pleffner had a single and a double and was the only Goldeyes player to have a multi-hit game.

Rosario did not figure in the decision but he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only. He walked three, struck out seven, and threw 126 pitches. He didn’t give up a hit until Brent Clevlen singled on a groundball up the middle with two outs in the top of the sixth. Goldeyes reliever Mitchell Lambson (5-3, 3.64 ERA) was tagged with the loss. Kenny Mathews worked a hitless, scoreless ninth.

The Goldeyes and Wingnuts play Game 2 of this three-game weekend series at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday. There are plenty of great seats available. Every Goldeyes game can be heard live on 93.7 CJNU in Winnipeg.

Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Photos by 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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