Winnipeg Goldeyes Lose in Fargo

WINNIPEG, MB – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored four runs in the bottom of the third and hung on to beat the Winnipeg Goldeyes 7-5 at Newman Outdoor Field on Saturday night.

Playing in front of 3,016 spectators in Fargo, the RedHawks roughed up Goldeyes starting pitcher Mikey O’Brien (2-2) for seven earned runs on nine hits as Fargo built a 7-4 lead after six and hung on for their 14th win of the season.

With the loss, the Goldeyes fell to 13-8 and dropped into a second-place tie with 14-9 Fargo in the American Association’s North Division, one full game back of first place St. Paul.

Mason Katz led off the top of the second with a line drive single to centre field. Wes Darvill followed with a towering, two-run home run down the right field line to drive in the first runs of the game. But after Fargo scored one in the second and then four in the third, the Goldeyes never got within one of the home nine.

Josh Romanski lined a one-out, solo home run to right field in the top of the fifth to pull the Goldeyes to within 5-3. The homer extended Romanski’s hitting streak to 12 games. But Fargo responded in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-3.

Shawn Pleffner led off the top of the sixth with a triple to centre – hist 500th career hit — and scored the Goldeyes’ fourth run when Katz lifted a sacrifice fly to right to make it 6-4. But Fargo made it 7-4 with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

The Goldeyes were able to bring the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth. Casio Grider drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a two-out, RBI double to right-centre by David Bergin, but Fargo closer Casey Weathers struck out the side and earned his fourth save of the year.

RedHawks’ starter Cesilio Pimentel (5-0) picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. O’Brien (2-2) took the loss.

Eight different Goldeyes had at least one hit, while all nine reached base at least once. Bergin, Pleffner, and Darvill each had two hits. Darvill is still hitting .381.

The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Lefty Kevin McGovern (3-0, 3.14) will get the start for Winnipeg while left-hander Michael O’Neal (2-1, 1.33) will get the ball for Fargo. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU.

Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Photo 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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