Tit-for-Tat Leads Kevin McGovern, Winnipeg Goldeyes to 6-4 Victory

St. Paul Saints Logo 1The Winnipeg Goldeyes were having none of allowing the St. Paul Saints to battle back in this contest Monday night. The Goldeyes took the early lead, then responded every time the Saints scored on their way to the 6-4 win. That gave left-hander Kevin McGovern his fourth win of the season and second win over St. Paul this year.

McGovern and Saints starter Robert Coe kept the game scoreless through the first two-innings. In the bottom of the third, Winnipeg jumped on top. Wes Darvill started the inning with a double and moved to third on a ground out. Tanner Murphy followed with a double that scored Darvill to make the score 1-0.

In the top of the fourth the Saints grabbed the lead. Angelo Songco singled to start the inning and moved to second on a walk by Tony Thomas two batters later. Next up was Willie Argo, who drilled a 1-0 pitch for his seventh homerun of the year. The three-run shot gave St. Paul a 3-1 lead, but they would not hold it.

Reggie Abercrombie: 2-4, R, HR, 2-RBI
Reggie Abercrombie: 2-4, R, HR, 2-RBI

In the bottom of the fourth, Reggie Abercrombie cut the deficit to one when he took the first pitch from Coe and crushed it for his 12th homerun of the season. Two batters later, David Rohm singled and Casio Grider followed with his seventh homer of the year to put the Goldeyes back on top.

In the fifth, St. Paul tied the score. Breland Almadova walked to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice. He then moved to third on a ground out and scored when Alonzo Harris beat out a ground ball for a single. That made the score 4-4.

Winnipeg continued the tit-for-tat with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Adam Heisler walked to start the inning and moved to second on a ground out. Coe retired the next hitter which brought Abercrombie back to the plate. The Goldeyes center fielder fell behind 0-2, then drilled a double to the wall in left field to score Heisler and make the score 5-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, Winnipeg extended their lead to two. Mike Strong relieved for Coe and got Rohm to pop out, but Darvill singled and then stole second base. Grider’s ground out moved him to third, and he scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.

Kevin McGovern: Moves to 4-1 with Victory
Kevin McGovern: Moves to 4-1 with Victory

That would be all the runs scored in the game. McGovern (4-1) tossed 6-innings, allowing 5-hits, 3-walks, and 4-earned runs. He was overpowering on this night, striking out 11.

Three relievers then each tossed scoreless innings for Winnipeg. Robert Tasin came on in the ninth, getting the final three outs for his third save of the season.

Abercrombie finished the game 2-4 with a run and 2-RBI. Darvill was 2-3 with 2-runs scored. Grider drove in two. Argo had 3-RBI for the Saints.

The three-game series continues tomorrow night. Left-hander Eric Veglahn (2-2, 3.48) will start for the St. Paul Saints. He will be opposed by Edwin Carl (4-5, 5.61). Game time is 7:00.

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By Robert Pannier

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