The Winnipeg Goldeyes slipped out of first place in the American Association’s North division for the first time in 54 days losing a second straight game to the St. Paul Saints on Sunday at Shaw Park.
Winnipeg (32-22) saw a 3-0 lead slip away as St. Paul (25-28) scored six straight runs on 16 hits while the Goldeyes had only five hits. The Goldeyes trail the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks by one game as Fargo won its 12th straight game on Sunday.
A crowd of 4,559 took in the Goldeyes game which had two rain delays of a total of 92 minutes including 33 minutes prior to the start of the game and 59 minutes during the fifth inning.
It was the final game of a 12-game home stand in which the Goldeyes went 6-6. The Winnipeg team headed out right after the game to Lincoln, Neb. where it will begin a three-game set Monday against the Saltdogs. The seven–game road trip will continue Thursday in Sioux Falls for four against the Pheasants.
"We don’t do enough offensively to help ourselves win and it’s unacceptable to score three in the first and nothing the rest of the game," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney, whose team scored only three runs in seven of the 12 home games.
"We’re very inconsistent on offence right now. You go up 3-0, you have some momentum then you lose momentum when you have three or four straight innings where you make three quick outs on 15 pitches or less, the other team is going to gain momentum and score on you."
St. Paul’s designated hitter Ole Sheldon went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run and four RBI while left-fielder Willie Cabrera hit a double and scored three runs. Highlights for the Goldeyes were a pair of hits by designated hitter Price Kendall and the pitching of reliever Brian Beuning who pitched three innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out five batters.
Sunday, Winnipeg took a 3-0 lead out of the first inning after an RBI single by Yurendell de Caster, a run scored by Jon Weber on a St. Paul throwing error and an RBI double by Luis Alen.
The Saints made it 3-1 in the top of the third when Cabrera scored on a Sheldon single. In a four-run fifth inning, St. Paul took a 5-3 lead as Sheldon hit a three-run home run followed by a solo homer by first baseman Ronnie Bourquin. The Saints’ sixth run came in the top of the ninth, Cabrera’s third of the game, on a single by right-fielder Miles Durham.