Wes Darvill Bedevils Saints; Winnipeg Goldeyes Win 3-2
Just one out away from the Goldeyes being nearly mathematically eliminated from winning the North Division in the American Association, Wed Darvill saved the day, delivering a huge two-out double in the top of the ninth against Saints ace Mark Hamburger to give his team the 3-2 victory, and move them back within three in the North Division race. It was an impressive comeback that saw the team battle back from two-runs down heading into the eighth and keep their division title hopes alive.
This was a game that looked like the Saints had it completely under control. Hamburger breezed through the first and then watched his team stake him to a lead in the bottom half of the inning. Winnipeg starter Kevin McGovern struck out the first two batters of the inning, but then walked Tony Thomas on four pitches. That brought David Bergin to the plate, who drilled a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field wall for his 19th homerun of the season, and the Saints led 2-0.
Hamburger was dominant from that point on. He allowed a single in the first and then allowed just one more hit over the next six innings, a lead-off single by Willie Cabrera in the fourth. The right-hander seemed to get stronger as the game went along, striking out the side in the sixth. It looked like everything was going their way but, in the eighth, the Goldeyes got on the board.
David Rohm led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Wes Darvill followed with a single. The Saints starter retired the next two hitters, but Adam Heisler broke the scoreless string with a sharp single to right that scored Rohm. Next up was Maikol Gonzalez, who also lined a ball into right. Breland Almadova came up with the ball and launched the ball to the plate that Vinny DiFazio grabbed and had to twist around to make a play on Darvill who was trying to score. The Goldeyes runner leapt trying to avoid the tag, but DiFazio made a great play to get him on the foot while Darvill was in midair for the final out of the inning and preserve the lead.
That sent it to the ninth. The right-hander retired the first batter of the inning, but then gave up back-to-back singles to Reggie Abercrombie and Josh Romanski. David Rohm then grounded to second on what looked like it could be a double-play ball, but the Saints shortstop could not make the transition to make the throw to first.
With two down and Ryan Rodebaugh ready to come in, Manager George Tsamis came out and talked for quite a while with his starter. After the lengthy discussion he decided to stick with him. Darvill then took the first pitch by Hamburger and drilled it down the line in left for a double. Both runs scored and it was 3-2 Winnipeg.
In the ninth Winston Abreu came on. He retired the Saints for his first save of the season. Eric Eadington (4-4) earned the win, and Hamburger (12-5) took the loss.
Darvill was 2-4 with 2-RBI for Winnipeg. Heisler was 2-3 with an RBI. Bergin was 1-2 with a run and 2-RBI for St. Paul.
The final game of this three-game set is tomorrow at 7:05. Robert Coe (11-3, 4.46 will go for the St. Paul Saints.