Winnipeg Goldeyes Drill Explorers 9-2
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes’ pitching seems to get better with every outing and now the Fish are on a roll.
Wednesday night, behind 7.2 solid innings of work by starter Edwin Carl and some shutout relief from Daniel Minor, the Goldeyes whipped the Sioux City Explorers 9-2.
Playing in front of 3,126 fans at Shaw Park in downtown Winnipeg, the Goldeyes scored a run in the first, four more in the third, three in the fifth and one in the seventh and cruised to their third straight win.
As a result, the Goldeyes have won the first two games of this three-game series with the Xs, have locked up another series win and have won five of their last six. The Fish are now 7-3 in their last 10 and 28-23 on the season. More importantly, they are alone in second place in the American Association’s North Division and after the first-place St. Paul Saints lost to Sioux Falls at home yesterday (the Saints third straight loss), the Goldeyes are now just two games out of first.
Goldeyes starter Carl (5-1, 4.22 ERA) was brilliant once again on Wednesday, allowing only two runs on five scattered hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts. After Carl went 7.2 innings, Minor came on and allowed no runs on just one hit over the final 1.1 innings.
Explorers starter Ryan Flores (1-2, 4.33 ERA) gave up eight runs on eight hits with six walks and six strikeouts. Three Explorers’ errors didn’t help either.
The Goldeyes outhit the opposition for the sixth straight game, this time 11-6. David Rohm had two more hits, two RBI and a run scored. Josh Romanski, meanwhile, had three hits in five trips with a run scored and an RBI and raised his batting average to .325. Shawn Pleffner was 0-for-two with two walks and two runs scored and is now hitting a team-leading .357 while Wes Darvill went two-for-four with a run scored and raised his average to .354. Mason Katz went two-for-four with a run scored and an RBI while David Bergin went one-for-three with two runs scored and two driven in and is now hitting .322. The Goldeyes now have four regulars hitting better than .320.
The final game of this three-game series – and the third game of a nine-game homestand – will be played Thursday night at Shaw Park at 7:05 p.m. Lefthanded ace Kevin McGovern (6-2, 2.54 ERA) is expected to start for the Goldeyes. McGovern, 28, leads the American Association in earned run average and has won pitcher of the week twice this season.
If you don’t have a ticket, all the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU.
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – Dan LeMoal