Winnipeg Goldeyes Lose Opener To Texas
WINNIPEG, MB – It was not a great way to start a seven-game homestand.
Winnipeg Goldeyes starter, Big Zach Nuding, allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings of work and the home nine’s bats just couldn’t keep up, as the Texas Airhogs beat the Fish 4-1 in front of 5,026 at Shaw Park on Monday night.
The Goldeyes didn’t get off to a start when Josh Romanski, a solid .302 hitter and the league’s No. 2 RBI man, was tossed from the game for, apparently, throwing his at bat in the bottom of the first inning while attempting to legally apply pine tar to the bat-handle. As a result, his 13-game hitting streak came to an end.
Meanwhile, Texas scratched out a run in the second, another in the fourth, two more in the fifth while Airhogs starter Roman Gomez and reliever Jacob Morris held the Goldeyes scoreless for the first 7 ½ innings.
Winnipeg’s only run came in the bottom of the eighth when David Bergin ripped a two-out, RBI single to left.
Gomez (1-1, 0.69 ERA) earned the win, allowing only three hits over six shutout innings. Gomez walked none and struck out two in his first start of the year. Josh Blanco struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the year.
Nuding (1-3, 7.39 ERA) suffered the loss for the Goldeyes. Josh Laxer, Mitchell Lambson, Kenny Mathews, and Victor Capellan combined for four shutout relief innings. Lambson worked 2.2 scoreless innings.
The Goldeyes managed only seven hits on the night. Reggie Abercrombie had a seven-game hitting streak come to an end. With the win, Texas snapped a 14-game losing streak. With the loss, the Goldeyes fell to 14-9 on the season, a half game back of St. Paul in the race for first in the American Association’s North Division.
Prior to the game, the Goldeyes released left-handed pitcher Joeanthony Rivera. Rivera was 1-0 with an 11.37 ERA in seven relief appearances. Winnipeg now has 22 players on its roster.
Game 2 of this four-game series goes Tuesday morning at 11:05 a.m. Righthander Edwin Carl (1-0, 3.08) will toe the rubber for Winnipeg while right-hander Scott Firth (1-3, 5.12) will get the start for Texas.
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – Dan LeMoal