Sioux City Explorers 6
Winnipeg Goldeyes 5
Despite a spirited late-game comeback attempt, the Goldeyes fell just short of clawing their way to a win, and dropped their first Shaw Park home opener since 2010.
Oh well, the streak had to end sometime. The Explorers bled the Fish out slowly for most of the game, while Sioux City starting pitcher Patrick Johnson kept the home batters mostly cold. Through five innings, the Goldeyes mustered only three hits against him and one earned run, when a Tyler Kuhn RBI double sent first baseman Casey Haerther home.
Still, the Goldeyes lineup had some fireworks in store to keep things fun. In the eighth inning, with two runners on base and two outs on the board, outfielder Ray Sadler blasted a booming home run that sailed right over the left-field fence, narrowing the Explorers' lead to 6-4. In the bottom of the ninth, they added another run on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Pineda and were pushing hard for a walk-off to win. But with two outs on the board, Luis Alen’s attempted hit fell just short.
With the loss, the Fish fell to 7-4 on the season and are now 12-9 for home openers in their 21-season history.
ON THE MOUND
It was a rough night for Goldeyes starter Jason Jarvis, hurling against the team that traded him here in August last year. In his third start this season, Jarvis gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in 4.1 innings, while walking four batters and striking out four.
The bullpen continued to perform well: Gabe Aguilar relieved him and struck out the first two batters he faced to close out the top of the fifth. In the sixth, Aguilar gave up just one hit, though a pair of earlier errors by Fish fielders had allowed Andres Perez to get in scoring position for the Explorers’ unearned sixth run.
If the Fish game at Shaw Park sounded a little different than usual, that’s because longtime PA announcer Ron Arnst — who has been with the team since they started — is away on a work trip. Never fear, he’ll be back. In the meantime, the Fish kept the job in the family: Arnst’s son and Goldeyes box-office manager Kevin Arnst filled in for the night.
The Goldeyes continue their opening homestand against Sioux City tonight at 7 p.m., then wrap the series with a Wednesday matinee.