Winnipeg’s Comeback Attempt Falls Short

WINNIPEG, MB – Thanks to back-to-back doubles by David Bergin and Reggie Abercrombie, the Winnipeg Goldeyes were able to overcome a 6-2 deficit on Sunday afternoon.

Too bad they couldn’t overcome the 7-6 deficit.

Playing in front of a crowd of 4,617 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon, the St. Paul Saints built an early 6-2 lead, the Goldeyes tied it with four runs in the fifth, but a single run in the sixth was the difference for St. Paul as the Saints beat the Goldeyes 7-6.

As a result, the Goldeyes fell to 17-12 on the season while St. Paul improved to 19-10. That leaves Winnipeg two games behind the Saints in the race for first in the American Association’s North Division. It also means that St. Paul won the series 2-1 and Winnipeg scuffled to a less-than-satisfactory 3-4 record during this important early-season homestand.

“You play good teams like that you’re going to lose more games than you win if you don’t defend the field consistently,” said Forney. “We made two big errors today and you can’t get with that against good teams like the one we played today.”

The Saints scored three in the top of the first, but the Goldeyes answered with two in the bottom half when Josh Romanski doubled and Reggie Abercrombie walked, Shawn Pleffner hit a two-out RBI single to score  Romanski. Then David Rohm singled to score Abercrombie and the St. Paul advantage was 3-2.

But the Saints went ahead 6-2 with three more runs in the third and behind starter Jason Creasy, they looked in complete control when the Goldeyes scored four in the fifth. Bergin drove in two runs with a double off the centrefield wall and then Abercrombie belted another double off the left field wall that plated Romanski and Bergin to tie the game at 6-6.

But in the top of the sixth, reliever Mitchell Lambson struggled, gave up a run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tony Thomas and the Saints had all they would need. Vinny Nittoli pitched two innings of hitless baseball in relief for St. Paul, then two former Major Leaguers – Caleb Thielbar and Seth Rosin – came in and shut down the Goldeyes on six straight outs in the eighth and ninth to put a lid on it.

Jason Creasy (3-2, 5.10) earned the win, allowing six runs, and six hits through five innings. Creasy struck out four and walked two. Lambson (2-2, 4.77 ERA) suffered the loss for the Goldeyes. Lambson allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work.

The Goldeyes were outhit 12-6. The first six batters in the Goldeyes lineup hit safely but no player had a multi-hit game. Red-hot Wes Darvill was 0-for-four and watched his batting average drop to .370

The Goldeyes got on the bus right after the game and headed straight for Lincoln, Neb., where they’ll take on the Saltdogs in Game 1 of a three game series beginning Monday night at 6:45 p.m. Zack Dodson (2-1, 5.24 ERA) will get the start for Winnipeg while right-hander Seth Webster (2-1, 3.09 ERA) will toe the rubber for Lincoln.

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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