Winnipeg Goldeyes Win Series Opener In Fargo
WINNIPEG, MB. — Zack Dodson pitched brilliantly while Reggie Abercrombie drove in two runs as the Winnipeg Goldeyes won the series opener in Fargo on Friday night.
Dodson (2-1) pitched 7.1 strong innings to earn his second win of the year, allowing only three earned runs with two walks and eight strikeouts.
With the win, the Goldeyes improved to 13-7 and moved into a first-place tie in the American Association’s North Division. After having Thursday’s game in Sioux City postponed due to illness, the Goldeyes came out on Friday, scored two runs in the top of the first and relied on Dodson’s strong left arm the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the ninth, Victor Capellan worked a perfect inning to earn his second save as Winnipeg put a halt to a two-game losing streak.
The Fish scored two unearned runs in the top of the first as shortstop Andrew Sohn led off the game with a single and stole second. After Josh Romanski walked, David Bergin’s sharp groundball to second resulted in a Brett Wiley error that scored Sohn with the game’s first run. Reggie Abercrombie followed with a sacrifice fly to left that brought in Romanski.
After the RedHawks scored a run in the bottom of the second, the Goldeyes put it away with two in the top of the third. Romanski opened with double down the left field line and moved to third when Bergin singled to left. Abercrombie launched a double off the top of the wall in left-centre that scored Romanski. Shawn Pleffner followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1. Josh Mazzola hit a solo homer in the eighth to put up Fargo’s final run.
Dodson was helped by three double plays as the Goldeyes managed only six hits in the game.
RedHawks’ starter Jose Almarante (2-2) took a complete game loss, allowing four runs – only two earned — on six hits over nine innings. Almarante walked two and struck out 10.
The series continues on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. on CJNU. Right-hander Mikey O’Brien (2-1, 4.57) will take to the bump for the Goldeyes while left-hander Cesilio Pimentel (4-0, 1.35) will get the call for Fargo.
—Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – Jeff Miller, MyToba Sports