Goldeyes Just One Win From The Final
WINNIPEG, MB. — The Winnipeg Goldeyes are just one win away from the American Association championship series.
Saturday night at Shaw Park, starting pitcher Charle Rosario (1-0, 2.57 ERA) was outstanding while David Rohm went four-for-four and drive in a pair of runs as the Goldeyes beat the visiting Lincoln Saltdogs 6-2.
With the win, the Fish took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five American Association semifinal. With another win on Sunday afternoon, the Goldeyes will be off to the championship series and a chance to win their second straight title — and third in six seasons.
Playing in front of a crowd of 3,861 in downtown Winnipeg, Rosario went seven complete innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts. The only Lincoln runs came on a two-run homer by Cesar Valera in the top of the sixth. After a three-up-three-down inning in the seventh, Victor Capellan came in and pitched a hitless eighth and then closer Ryan Chaffee wrapped it up with a scoreless ninth. In total, three Goldeyes pitchers combined to strike out 13 Saltdogs.
While Rosario, Capellan and Chaffee were shutting down the Saltdogs, the Goldeyes got all the runs they needed in the first.
Casey Turgeon led off by striking out, but made it to first on a wild pitch on the third strike. Rohm walked, sending Turgeon to second and then Josh Romanski singled home Turgeon. Reggie Abercrombie grounded out sending Rohm to third and Romanski to second and Shaw Pleffner lifted a sacrifice fly to left that scored Rohm. After David Bergin walked, Wes Darvill doubled Romanski and the Fish had a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Goldeyes put it away when Pleffner led off with a walk Bergin struck out and Darvill singled. After Mason Katz struck out, Andrew Sohn beat out an infield to load the bases and then Turgeon walked driving in Pleffner. Rohm followed with a single that drove in Darvill and Sohn and the Goldeyes had an insurmountable 6-0 lead.
The Goldeyes outhit Lincoln 11-5. Rohm (.400) had four, scored a run and drove in two; Darvill (.625) went two-for-three with a run scored and one RBI; Turgeon (.167) went zero-for-three but still scored a run and drove one in; Romanski (.364) went two-for-five with a run scored and an RBI; and Pleffner (.333) went one-for-two with a walk and a sacrifice fly, drove in a run and scored one.
The Goldeyes and Lincoln will play Game 4 of this series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. and, if necessary, Game 5 will go Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Both games will be at Shaw Park.
Plenty of good seats are available for Sunday’s game and, of course, every Goldeyes game can be heard on 93.7 CJNU radio.
—Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – Dan LeMoal