WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (46-33) beat the Sioux City Explorers 5-4 at Shaw Park on Saturday night.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Max Murphy ripped a single to left-centre with one out. David Washington was next and crushed a two-run home run to left-centre field that gave the Goldeyes their first lead of the night. It was Washington’s second home run of the game.
Tasker Strobel struck out two during a perfect top of the ninth to earn his 20th save of the season. Strobel becomes just the fifth pitcher in franchise history to reach the 20-save mark.
The Explorers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. Ademar Rifaela hit a solo home run down the right field line with one out. After Zack Kone singled, Jack Kelly hit a two-run home run to right-centre.
In the bottom of the third, Eric Rivera drew a one-out walk, stole second, and scored from second an infield single from Ian Sagdal.
The Goldeyes closed within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Washington led off with a home run to left.
Sioux City (36-42) re-extended the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Blake Tiberi led off with a single and scored on a Trey Martin double that resulted in an error.
Raul Navarro led off the bottom of the sixth with a single up the middle, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on a single up the middle from Murphy to pull the Goldeyes within 4-3.
Will McAffer (1-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the eighth.
Solomon Bates (0-1) took the loss for the Explorers.
RJ Martinez started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits in four-plus innings. Martinez walked three and struck out two.
Explorers’ starter Nivaldo Rodriguez also took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on three hits in five innings. Rodriguez walked two and struck out four.
Jhon Vargas pitched two and one-third scoreless innings in relief for Winnipeg. Murphy has hit safely in seven straight games.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Luis Ramirez (10-3, 3.79) faces right-hander Zach Hedges (1-7, 6.38).
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