Winnipeg Goldeyes Lose Squeaker To Texas

WINNIPEG, MB – Despite a solid start by Zack Dodson, the Winnpeg Goldeyes bullpen couldn’t hold the fort. As a result, the Goldeyes fell 4-2 to the visiting Texas AirHogs at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.

Playing in front of 4,143 at the downtown ballpark, the Goldeyes took a 2-0 lead after the second only to see Texas tie it in the fourth and then win it with single runs off relievers Victor Capellan in the eighth and Josh Laxer in the ninth.

With the loss, the Goldeyes fell to 15-10 on the season, a game and a half back of the St. Paul Saints in the race for first in the American Association’s North Division.

The Goldeyes scored both of their runs in the second. Reggie Abercrombie led off with a single and went around to third on Shawn Pleffner’s single. Mason Katz followed with a comebacker to AirHogs’ starting pitcher Michael Freeman. On the play, Abercrombie fought off the rundown long enough for Pleffner to advance to third and Katz to get to second before being tagged out. After David Rohm walked to load the bases, Wes Darvill drove in Pleffner on a fielder’s choice groundball to second and Alixon Suarez then drove in Katz with a base hit.

But that was it. The Goldeyes managed nine hits in the ball game but couldn’t coax across another run.

Dodson allowed two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. However, Victor Capellan (0-2, 2.31 ERA) suffered the loss for the Goldeyes.

Andrew Sohn singled in the bottom of the seventh and has hit safely in eight straight games. Darvill went two-for-four with an RBI and is now hitting .378 while Pleffner went two-for-four with a run scored and is now hitting .385.

The final game of this four-game set goes Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Shaw Park. Mikey O’Brien (2-2, 6.00) will get the call for the Goldeyes while right-hander Tyler Bremer (1-2, 4.79) will take to the mound for Texas.

Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

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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