Nick Barnese threw a gem at the Winnipeg Goldeyes tonight, scattering six hits through seven innings and sparking his St. Paul Saints to a 2-0 victory at Shaw Park before 5,123 spectators.
Barnese, moving his record to 3-1, struck out three and never allowed a single Goldeyes lead-off batter to reach base.
Dan Sattler mopped up in the ninth, allowing two base-runners before shutting down the home team.
The result ended the Goldeyes' winning streak at four games and left each of Winnipeg, St. Paul and Fargo-Moorhead at 18-10 in a first-place tie in the American Association’s North Division.
Rain delayed the start of Friday’s contest by 42 minutes, but it didn’t bother the visitors a whole lot. The Saints endured a multiple-hour delay crossing the Canada-U.S. border and didn’t arrive at Shaw Park until about 6 p.m.
On the mound
Winnipeg wasted a pretty outing outing by starting pitcher Kyle Anderson (2-2). He threw seven-and-a-third pretty tidy innings, giving up six hits, but received zilch in the way of offensive support. When the Saints plated their fifth-inning run with a timely two-out single by first-baseman Dwight Childs, that ended Anderson’s scoreless innings streak — dating back to June 1 — at 14-and-one-third.
Goldeyes first-baseman Casey Haerther entered the game leading the American Association in batting average, .391. Haerther went one for four after tearing up the diamond earlier in the week with 11 hits in 13 appearances against Grande Prairie.
The Goldeyes didn’t do much threatening on Friday. After batting a torried .377 in their series against Grande Prairie earlier in the week, they managed just seven hits on Friday and hit .212 against the Saints. Winnipeg got two runners to third in the game, but both with two out. In the second inning, Casey Haerther’s hot liner to third ended the inning and the team’s best chance.
The teams resume the series with a 6 p.m. start at Shaw Park Saturday night.