Goldeyes Rally Falls Short in Loss to Lincoln
By Doug Greenwald, Winnipeg Goldeyes
WINNIPEG, MB – It’s not often the batter literally leading off the game makes the difference but it occurred on Wednesday night at Shaw Park as the Lincoln Saltdogs (17-17) lead off man Zane Zurbrugg (1) hit the second pitch of the game down the left field line for a homer–his first as a professional helping lead the visitors to a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes (13-22).
The first three batters for Lincoln had hits as the Saltdogs would score twice in the first against Winnipeg starter Luis Ramirez (2-4). Those were the only runs Ramirez would allow in six innings. He gave up six hits, walked four and struck out three.
The Goldeyes managed a run in the fifth inning on three straight singles capped on an RBI hit by right fielder Max Murphy, that made it 2-1 Saltdogs.
In the seventh against Winnipeg reliever Tyler Jandron, Lincoln added two runs on a two-out, two-strike double by first baseman Yanio Perez. He has two-run doubles in both games of this series.
The Goldeyes would fight back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a pair of RBI groundouts, one by Murphy and the other by designated hitter Andrew Shaps which put the Lincoln lead to 4-3.
Lincoln starter Zach Keenan (2-0) allowed one run over five innings. He struck out four, allowed a walk and seven hits. Keenan is 2-0 lifetime and has only given up one run over 12 innings at Shaw Park in two appearances going back to last year. Left-hander Steffon Moore (4) earned the save with two scoreless innings.
Winnipeg has dropped five straight at home. The Goldeyes look to avoid the sweep on Thursday night at 6:30. The scheduled starters are right-hander Josh Roeder (1-4) for Lincoln against Winnipeg native, right-hander Marc-André Habeck (1-1).
Brynn Martinez streak of reaching base safely in 22 straight games came to an end going 0-4
Tommy McCarthy had two hits, his first multi-hit game since June 7th vs. Chicago
The bullpen appearance for Jandron was his second this season
Dayson Croes has three straight multi-hit games, and eight hits in that span. His .382 batting average leads the league
Winnipeg had ten hits–all singles
The Goldeyes are 4-6 in one-run games