Gonzalez Dominates to Muzzle Saltdogs
LINCOLN, NE – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (32-33) beat the Lincoln Saltdogs 7-3 at Haymarket Park on Friday night.
Winnipeg jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first. Kevin Lachance reached on an infield single with one out, and was followed by a Max Murphy two-run home run to right-centre.
Wes Darvill walked leading off the second, took second on a Dakota Conners sacrifice, stole third, and scored the Goldeyes’ third run on an Austin Rei line drive single to left. After Tyler Hill doubled down the left field line, Lachance smacked a double off the left-centre field wall that played Rei and Hill.
Lincoln (33-32) pulled within 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Josh Altmann. David Vidal’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth made it 5-3 and brought the tying run to the plate. Jose Jose retired Skyler Weber on a popfly to centre that ended the inning.
The Goldeyes re-extended the lead with two runs in the top of the ninth. Raul Navarro drew a leadoff walk and took second two batters later when Darvill was hit by a pitch. Conners and Rei drew back-to-back walks to force home Navarro, while Darvill raced home on a sacrifice fly to right from Tyler Hill.
Jose retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to complete the four-out save, his 11th of the season.
Joey Gonzalez (3-5) started for the Goldeyes and picked up the win, pitching five shutout innings on two hits. Gonzalez walked two and struck out seven.
Kyle Kinman (6-3) started for the Saltdogs and took the loss, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in four and two-thirds innings. Kinman walked four and struck out four.
Travis Seabrooke struck out two in a scoreless bottom of the seventh for Winnipeg. Navarro reached base five times in five plate appearances with two singles and a walk. Lachance tied a career-high with four base hits. The game saw a 41-minute rain delay in the top of the fifth inning.
Game two of the three-game series is Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Greg Harris (1-4, 8.50) faces right-hander Keenan Bartlett (2-5, 5.74). All the action can be heard locally on CJNU 93.7 FM and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Winnipeg Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, August 3rd against the Sioux City Explorers. Advanced tickets are on sale now by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca. For more information about the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ 2021 remaining schedule, ticket options, and the Goldeyes’ comprehensive COVID-19 readiness plan, visit www.goldeyes.com