Washington Hits 20th But Goldeyes Drop Opener
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (35-28) lost 3-2 to the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on three consecutive one-out singles from David Washington, Logan Hill, and Reggie Pruitt Jr.
The Dogs (42-20) tied the game in the top of the third. Michael Crouse led off with an infield single, stole second, and scored on a two-out, RBI single from Stevie Wilkerson.
Connor Kopach put the Dogs in front in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left.
The Goldeyes answered in the bottom of the inning when Washington hit a solo home run to centre that tied the game at 2-2. It was Washington’s 20th home run of the season. With Max Murphy having hit 22 home runs so far in 2022, it marks the third time in franchise history the Goldeyes have multiple 20-home run hitters in the same year (1998, 2007).
Chicago took the lead again in the top of the fifth. With runners on first and third and two outs, Stevie Wilkerson stole second base. On the ensuing throw to second, KC Hobson scored on a delayed steal of home.
Dogs’ starter Jordan Kipper (7-2) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings. Kipper walked one and struck out three.
Ryan Clark pitched two perfect innings over the seventh and eighth in relief of Kipper, while Brian Schlitter escaped a first and second, one-out jam in the bottom of the ninth to earn his sixth save.
Landen Bourassa (2-3) started for Winnipeg and took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits over six innings. Bourassa walked one and struck out eight.
Jhon Vargas, Travis Seabrooke, Bryan Blanton, and Erasmo Pinales combined for three shutout innings in relief of Bourassa. Pinales struck out the side in order in the top of the ninth. Raul Navarro singled in the bottom of the third to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Washington has hit safely in eight straight.
The series continues Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. Alex Manasa (3-3, 4.61) faces left-hander Shane Barringer (4-5, 6.13).
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