Winnipeg Goldeyes Win Sunday, Series in Fargo
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes bats boomed at Newman Outdoor Field on Sunday afternoon. As a result, the Fish won Game 3 of the three-game series, took the set and headed back to Winnipeg for a seven-game homestand a step closer to first place.
Playing in front of 3,592 spectators in Fargo, the Goldeyes got another strong start from lefty ace Kevin McGovern and home runs from David Berghin and Mason Katz en route to a 9-3 shellacking of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
With the win, the Goldeyes improved to 14-8 and noved to within a half a game of first-place St. Paul in the American Association’s North Division. The Godeyes are now 1.5 games ahead of Fargo.
McGovern (4-0, 3.28 ERA) was brilliant once again as he allowed three runs on just four hits over 7.0 complete innings of work. He struck out seven and walked only three. Kenny Mathews came on in the eighth and pitched a shutout inning and then closer Ryan Chaffee pitched a perfect ninth to give the Goldeyes the win.
The Fish put up crooked numbers in two innings and that’s all they needed. Winnipeg scored four in the fourth and five in the sixth as Winnipeg pounded out 14 hits.
Shortstop Andrew Sohn had three of them and is now batting .316. Shawn Pleffner also had three hits, scored two runs and drove in one and is now batting .369. Katz, Josh Romanski and Bergin had two hits each. Romanski and Bergin each drove in two runs. Romanski now has 26 RBI on the season and is second in the American Association.
Wes Darvill managed only one hit and saw his batting average “drop” to .375. He still leads the league in hitting, followed closely by No. 2, Pleffner.
The Goldeyes immediately got on the bus after the game and headed back to Winnipeg after going 2-3 on the five-game road trip (one game was postponed due to sickness in Sioux City). On Monday, they begin a four-game series against Texas on Monday night at Shaw Park. Game time is 7 p.m.
Scott Taylor, MyToba News
Photo by Dan LeMoal