The St. Paul Saints were riding the arm of ace Mark Hamburger Monday night, taking a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, however, a six-run eighth propelled the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 6-3 victory. Kevin McGovern earned his 10th win of the season and Reggie Abercrombie and David Bergin each drove in 2.
This was a great pitchers’ duel between Hamburger and McGovern. Neither team had any answers, as the two starters kept the score knotted at zero through four.
In the fifth, St. Paul took the lead. Brady Shoemaker returned from the disabled list and hit his 17th double of the season to start the frame. A fly ball moved him to third and he scored on a single by Kes Carter. Next up was JJ Gould, who drilled his second home run of the season to extend the lead to three.
That lead looked insurmountable. Hamburger did not allow a hit until the fourth and had a two-hitter through seven. However, in the eighth things unraveled quickly.
Wes Darvill and Mason Katz started off the inning with back-to-back singles. Next up was Jordan Ebert, who singled into right, bringing Darvill around to score. Following the Ebert hit, Andrew Sohn singled into center to score Katz to make it 3-2, With one down, St. Paul turned to Ken Frosch, who walked Josh Romanski to load the bases with one down. Vinny Nittoli came on it gave up a single to Reggie Abercrombie that scored two to give Winnipeg their first lead of the game. A wild pitch moved both runners up before Shawn Pleffner was intentionally walked. David Bergin then singled into left, scoring two more to extend the Goldeyes lead to three.
After giving up the three-runs, Kevin McGovern (10-2) rolled. He would go 8-innings, allowing 5-hits and 3-runs. He did not walk anyone and struck out 8. Victor Capellan came on in the ninth and retired the side in order for his fifth save of the season.
Andrew Sohn was 2-3 with a run and an RBI for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Reggie Abercrombie and David Bergin each drove in 2-runs. JJ Gould was 1-3 with a run and 2-RBI for St. Paul.
Game 2 of this four-game set is scheduled for tomorrow. First pitch is at 7:05.
By Robert Pannier