Bergin Hits Two Homers, Fish Lose to St. Paul
WINNIPEG, MB. — Despite two home runs from DH David Bergin, the Winnipeg Goldeyes couldn’t mount enough offence to beat the St. Paul Saints.
Playing in front of a crowd of 3,509 at Shaw Park on Friday night, Bergin hit a 415-foot solo shot in the fourth and a two-run bomb in the seventh, but St. Paul ultimately outhit the Goldeyes 17-8 and beat them 8-5.
As a result, the Goldeyes fell to 16-11 on the season while St. Paul improved to 18-9. That leaves Winnipeg two full games behind the Saints in the race for first in the American Association’s North Division. St. Paul also drew first blood in this three-game weekend series in downtown Winnipeg.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the first when Josh Romanski singled, stole second, took third on an errant throw, and scored on a wild pitch from Saints’ starter Dustin Crenshaw.
But that’s the last time the Goldeyes had the lead. The Saints scored one in the second, three in the fourth, two in the seventh and one each in the eighth and ninth to put it away.
Twice, however, Bergin made a game of it. He led off the bottom of the fourth with a line drive home run to centre that pulled the Goldeyes within 4-2. And then, in the seventh, with Josh Romanski on base, he lifted a high, deep fly to left that made it 6-5. But that’s as close as Winnipeg would get.
Crenshaw (1-1, 6.94 ERA) earned the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits in 5.2 innings. Crenshaw walked five and struck out four. Saints closer Seth Rosin earned his fifth save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth.
Goldeyes ace Kevin McGovern (4-1, 3.46 ERA) started and took the loss for Winnipeg. McGovern allowed four earned runs on 11 scatterd hits in 6.0 innings. McGovern walked five and struck out four.
Bergin went two-for-five with two homers, two runs scored and three driven in. Romanski finished with three hits in five trips, including a double off of Rosin in the ninth. He scored two runs and raised his batting average to .306. Wes Darvill went one-for-two, with two walks and scored a run. He raised his batting average to a team-high .379
The Goldeyes and Saints will play Game 2 of this three-game set against at 6:05 p.m. at Shaw Park on Saturday night. It’s Bark in the Park Night. Bring your Pups to the ballpark. Zach Nuding (1-3, 7.39) will get the start for Winnipeg while John Straka (3-2, 6.35) will head to the mound for St. Paul.
—Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – Dan LeMoal, MyToba Sports