The Winnipeg Goldeyes continue to roll toward their first North Division title in three years, as Reggie Abercrombie homered and drove in 2 to lead the Goldeyes to an 8-2 victory over the St. Paul Saints. Mikey O’Brien won his eighth game of the season and both Abercrombie and Josh Romanski had 3-hits in the Winnipeg Win.
Winnipeg took the lead in the bottom of the second against St. Paul starter Benji Waite. Reggie Abercrombie led the inning off with a single, one of three-hits on the night for the Goldeyes center fielder. Two batters later he moved to third on a single by David Bergin and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wes Darvill to make it 1-0.
The Saints tied it up right away in their next at-bat. O’Brien retired the first two batters of the inning, but Mitch Delfino kept the inning alive with a base hit. Nate Hanson followed with a double that brought Delfino home to tie the score at one.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes responded with two-runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good. Jordan Ebert was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and Andrew Sohn followed by drawing an eight pitch walk. Ebert moved to third on a wild pitch, putting runners at the corners with no one out. David Rohm then grounded to third, and Hanson fired home to nail Ebert. With one down, Josh Romanski singled into left, scoring Sohn to make it 2-1. Abercrombie singled to center to score Rohm to extend the lead to two.
An inning later, the lead became five. Bergin was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second when Darvill walked. Two batters later, Ebert grounded to the shortstop, who threw to second for the out. However, the relay to first was wild, allowing Bergin to score on the error. Sohn singled to center to move Ebert to second and he scored on a base hit by Rohm. Jeff Malm took over for the Saints and Romanski greeted him with a base hit to right that scored Sohn to make it 6-1.
In the sixth, the Saints got one of those runs back. O’Brien retired the first two batters in the inning, but Brady Shoemaker connected for his 18th home run of the season. It was his first homer since returning from the disabled list yesterday.
The Goldeyes added solo runs in the seventh and the eighth innings courtesy of the long ball. In the seventh, Bergin connected for his 19th of the season. An inning later, Abercrombie drilled his 16th of the season. That made the score 8-2, which would be the final.
Mikey O’Brien (8-4) earned the victory with 7-outstanding innings. He allowed 4-hits and 2-runs, while striking out 4. Evan Rutckyj and Ryan Chaffee each pitched a perfect inning to finish off the game.
Reggie Abercrombie finished the game 3-5 with 2-runs and 2-RBI for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Josh Romanski was also 2-5 and he drove in 2. David Rohm was 3-5 with a run and an RBI, and David Bergin was 2-3 with 2-runs and an RBI. Brady Shoemaker led the St. Paul offense, going 1-3 with a run, RBI, and a walk.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have now won four straight games and hold a 6-game lead in the North Division of the American Association. Game 3 of this four-game set is scheduled for tomorrow. First pitch is 7:05.
By Robert Pannier