Casey Haerther brought the Winnipeg Goldeyes back from behind to help lock up the victory against the Wichita Wingnuts. The much needed win ends the Goldeyes' three-game losing streak.
The Wingnuts scored early and often. Goldeyes starting pitcher Pete Gehle gave up back-to-back doubles which resulted in two runs in the first inning. The Goldeyes would score a run of their own in the first, but in the top of the third, Wingnuts third baseman Abel Nieves blasted a Gehle pitch to right for a two-run home run that made the score 4-1.
Goldeyes first baseman Haerther brought his team to life in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Haerther launched a Junior Guerra pitch high over the wall for a grand slam and tied the game at five a piece.
After exchanging runs in the sixth and seventh innings the Goldeyes and Wingnuts entered the ninth tied at six. The Goldeyes stranded two Wichita baserunners in the top half and Haerther hit an RBI single in the bottom half to score second baseman Amos Ramon.
Wingnuts first baseman CJ Ziegler was a force from the batter's box. He had two hits on four attempts, including a home run, three RBIs and a walk from a pitchout.
Haerther was the most efficient batter for the Goldeyes. He was three for five with six of the team's seven RBIs. The first baseman tied the game at the end of the fifth inning with his grand slam home run.
Wingnuts relief pitcher Lincoln Holdzkom tossed the ball well over first baseman's CJ Ziegler's head in the bottom of the ninth inning. This allowed Goldeyes baserunner Ramon to advance to third base for Haerther's at-bat.
"It was a good game. We needed that one there. We came off a tough road trip and Wichita is a good team. Hopefully, winning like that, in that fashion, will help build momentum and excitement back in the clubhouse for us. I think that will propel us to a good winning streak coming up," said Haerther of snapping their three-game losing streak.
ON THE HOOK
The Goldeyes will play Game 2 of the three-game series against the Wingnuts tonight at 7 p.m. at Shaw Park. After a day of rest Thursday, they will return to Shaw Park on Friday to play an inter-league game with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.