ZACH PETERS, Winnipeg Goldeyes
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Winnipeg Goldeyes won a wild game here on Tuesday night.
The Goldeyes (60-34) took the extra-inning four-hour marathon 10-6 over the St. Paul Saints (47-46) in front of 6,009 fans at Midway Stadium, giving them 60 wins on the season, tying a franchise record.
Goldeyes five-year Catcher Luis Alen also broke a franchise record, hitting his 124th and 125th career doubles. The record-setting double (124) came in the scoreless second inning.
The Goldeyes didn’t take long to open up a lead. They got four hits in the first inning that led to three runs. Jake Blackwood got on base with a single, and then was advanced by Tyler Kuhn, who hit a double. Blackwood came around to score on a single from Casey Haerther. Kuhn came home on a wild pitch, and Haerther scored on an error by the Saints first baseman.
The Saints mustered a response in the bottom of the first as their lead off batter Mitch Elliott walked and then scored on a Vince DiFazio RBI single.
The two starting pitchers put up zeros for four straight innings before the Goldeyes added to their lead. Alen got on base with a single to lead off the top of the sixth before being driven in by Blackwood.
Again the Saints responded in the bottom half of the same inning. They would score two runs on four hits to bring themselves within one run of the Fish.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Goldeyes still held that one-run lead. But the Saints scored to tie the game and send it to extras.
After both teams scored single runs in the 10th, the game went to the 12th where the Goldeyes took their third and final lead of the night. They went ahead 10-5 on five hits in the top of the inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Saints got one run back after loading the bases, but weren’t able to overcome the five-run deficit.
Barry Fowler, who came in and pitched the 11th and 12th innings for the Goldeyes earned the win. Saints pitcher, Drew Ghelfi was charged with the loss.
The Goldeyes and Saints will play game two of this three-game series on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Fish will send Ryan Bollinger to the mound to face the Saints starter Justin Klipp. The two teams will then wrap up the series on Thursday, a game that marks the Saints’ last ever at Midway Stadium, as they are set to move to a new downtown ballpark next season.
American Association North Division standings
|St. Paul Saints||47||46||.505||12.5||3L||3-7|
|Sioux Falls Canaries||31||63||.330||29||1L||3-7|