Winnipeg Goldeyes Win Slugfest with Salina
WICHITA, KS. — Newcomer Alixon Suarez and veteran third baseman Wes Darvill each had three hits as the Winnipeg Goldeyes won a slugfest in Salina.
Although played in Wichita, it was considered a Goldeyes home game as the Fish scored two runs in the second inning, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, three in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth as the Goldeyes outscored the Salina Stockade (formerly the Laredo Lemurs) 12-10.
With the win, the Fish improved to 3-2 on the season – and on their season-opening 10-game road trip.
Joeanthony Rivera (1-0), who recorded the final out in the seventh, got the win. Ryan Chaffee, pitched the final inning and a third to earn his third save in five games. The Goldeyes used five pitchers en route to their third win of the year. Zack Dodson got the start and allowed five earned runs on nine hits over six complete innings of work. Salina reliever David Johnson gave up two late runs and suffered the loss.
This game, however, was all about the hitters. The Goldeyes got doubles from David Rohm, David Bergin, Suarez and Darvill and a triple from Darvill who finished only a home run shy of the cycle. Rohm and Suarez each had two runs batted while Darvill drove in four.
American Association Batter of the Week Shawn Pleffner, had two hits in four trips plus a walk, two runs scored and a run batted in. Pleffner is now batting .600 after the first five games of the season. Pleffner, Suarez, Darvill and Andrew Sohn each scored two runs as the bottom of the Goldeyes order dominated the game.
Winnipeg trailed 3-2 after the second inning but tied it with a run in the fourth. They led 5-4 after five, 8-5 after six, 10-9 after seven, 12-9 after eight and 12-10 after the top of the ninth. Both teams had 14 hits and made two errors. The Goldeyes drew eight walks.
The Goldeyes put it away in the seventh inning. Trailing 9-8 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Rohm ripped a double to left-centre and took third on a groundout by Josh Romanski. Bergin doubled down the left field line to tie the game, and scored the go-ahead run two batters later on Pleffner’s line drive single to left-centre. That gave the Goldeyes a 10-9 lead and they never looked back.
The game was the first of three played by Winnipeg and Salina at a neutral site. The Stockade replaced the Lemurs in the American Association South Division prior to the start of spring training, and will operate as a traveling team. The Goldeyes will continue to serve as the “home” team in the series.
The Goldeyes and Stockade continue the three-game set on Tuesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. Mikey O’Brien(1-0, 3.00) will get the start for Winnipeg. All the action can be heard locally on 93.5 FM CJNU.
—Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo – Jeff Miller, MyToba Sports