Goldeyes fall behind Saints

Winnipeg Goldeyes shortstop Wes Darvill got three hits in a 8-5 loss to the St. Paul Saints. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun)

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The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 8-5 to the St. Paul Saints at Shaw Park on Monday night.

The loss drops Winnipeg 6.0 games behind St. Paul for the second playoff spot in the North Division with 13 games left on the schedule.

St. Paul took a 1-0 lead in the first when Dan Motl scored on a two-out wild pitch.  St. Paul opened a 5-0 lead with four more runs in the second.  Blake Schmit doubled home a pair and was followed by an RBI triple from Motl.  Motl then scored on a Michael Lang sacrifice fly.

The Goldeyes roared to life with a four-run bottom of the third.  Reggie Abercrombie singled home a pair of runs.  Kyle Martin followed with a two-run home run to right.  Dominic Ficociello then doubled to put the tying run on second with no outs, but Saints’ starter Landon Beck retired the side without further damage.

Josh Allen hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth, marking his sixth in 12 games against Winnipeg this season.

The Goldeyes answered back in the bottom half when John Price Jr. doubled and scored on a Rey Pastrana groundball.

The Saints re-extended the lead to 8-5 with a pair of two-out, unearned runs in the top of the seventh.

Relievers Kenneth Frosch, Mike Devine, and Tanner Kiest each worked a scoreless inning to close out the game.

Beck, who was making his second start since September of 2015, allowed four earned runs over five innings to pick up the win.

Wes Darvill had three hits for Winnipeg.

WP: Beck (5-2)

LP: McGovern (11-7)

SV: Kiest (4)

HR: WIN Martin (12)…STP Allen (17)

THE SKINNY: The Goldeyes couldn’t quite climb out of an early 5-0 deficit, and lost 8-5 to the Saints at Shaw Park.  St. Paul sweeps the short two-game series, leaving Winnipeg 6.0 games back of the second playoff spot in the North Division.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: All-star centre fielder Dan Motl had two hits, including a triple, while scoring three runs from the leadoff spot.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Right fielder Michael Lang made a running catch into foul ground, nearly stretching into the first row of seats by the Saints’ bullpen to rob Rey Pastrana of any further swings in the bottom of the second.

UP NEXT: The Goldeyes are off Tuesday and return to action against the Chicago Dogs on Wednesday night at Impact Field. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.  The game can be heard on 93.7 FM.

LAMBSON NAMED PITCHER OF WEEK

Winnipeg Goldeyes left-handed pitcher Mitchell Lambson was named the American Association’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Lambson made two starts last week in which he was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA.  On August 12th, Lambson pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout at St. Paul, walking two and striking out nine.  It was Lambson’s third complete game of the season, and his sixth in a Goldeyes’ uniform, which is tied for fifth in franchise history.  Five days later, the Montclair, California native picked up the win versus Chicago, allowing two earned runs on five hits over seven innings.

“Guys have a lot of confidence when Mitch is on the mound for us,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “He’s had a hell of a year.  Hard pressed to think there is a guy in the league having a better season.  He’s consistent and gives you a great chance to win.”

Lambson is now 12-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 18 starts.  Lambson leads the American Association in wins, ranks third in ERA, first in strikeouts (117), and first in innings pitched (129.2).  The 29-year-old Lambson has pitched 6.0 innings or more in 17 of his 18 starts, including 13 outings of at least seven frames.  Lambson has also posted six games with nine or more strikeouts, including a season-high 11 on June 26th at Sioux City.

The third-year Goldeye has a chance to become the first pitching triple crown winner (leading in wins, ERA, and strikeouts) in the 14-year history of the American Association.

It marks the fourth league-wide award for the Goldeyes this season with Kevin Lachance, Tyler Hill, and Reggie Abercrombie all having been named Batter of the Week.

Lambson was a member of the Goldeyes’ 2017 American Association championship team, and ranked ninth in the league with a 3.81 ERA in 2018.  Originally drafted by the Houston Astros in 2011, Lambson has reached the Triple-A level with three different Major League organizations.

 

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