By, Hannah McIlree
Jackson, TN.- Game one of Saturday's double header kicked off with Joey Gonzalez on the mound for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, who are playing their home games in Jackson, TN due to the Canadian border remaining closed. Leading off for the Milkmen was Brett Vertigan who was due for a hit after going 0-6 in the batter's box on Friday. Vertigan hit a single to center field and camped out on first base. David Washington was next for the Milkmen to put the ball in play going yard for his second time this series.
Washington continued his campaign for league leader in RBI’s, knocking in his third run of the afternoon, after Adam Brett Walker II doubled in his earlier at bat, leaving it 3-0 in the first half of the third inning.
Left-hander David Holmberg took the mound for Milwaukee and kept the lead alive through the bottom of the third. Logan Hill and Kevin Lachance threatened the lead; Hill reached first on a short line drive and Lachance doubled to second, putting both runners in scoring position. Kyle Martin struck out for out number two, and responded by snapping his bat over his knee. Milwaukee retired the side after Washington camped under a pop-up in foul territory.
Shortstop Anibal Sierra worked out his kinks singling in the top of the fourth, Vertigan helped move Sierra around the base path after hitting a RBI triple down the left field line. Logan Trowbridge got a base hit of his own, hitting a two-out RBI, Trowbridge took a chance stealing second base on a breaking ball issued from Gonzalez to Walker, putting him in perfect scoring position. The following pitch, Walker took advantage of sending the ball over the right field fence and scoring Trowbridge. Washington stayed even in his count with two balls and one strike, before sending another bomb over the fence for his second home run of the day, making the score 8-0 Milkmen.
The Goldeyes snagged their first run of the afternoon in the bottom of the fourth inning. Raul Navarro hit one out of Walker’s reach in left field landing himself in a close pick off at second base, Navarro moved to third base after a wild pitch from Holmberg. Navarro eventually scored on a ground out RBI from outfielder Tyler Hill.
After an eight-run outing, it was time for Gonzalez to return from the bullpen, taking over for the Goldeyes Kyle Thomas. His first match-up was against Tony Rosselli, who hit a stand-up double to center field. Rosselli would be the only hit in the 5th inning on both sides.
Another hit would not be claimed until the final out of the top of the sixth inning, when Walker hit a solo blast over the 16-foot left field fence. Washington secured a stand-up double after Walker’s blast, making him a triple shy of the cycle. Correa took his turn hitting an opposite field single and moving Washington to third. Jay Charleston, who replaced Rosselli, took the plate in hopes of attaining his first hit with the Milkmen, however second baseman Darren Seferina snagged his choppy ground ball for out number three.
Max Murphy executed the first hit since the fourth inning for the Goldeyes, smacking a triple. Following was Navarro who extended his production hitting a sacrifice fly to Charleston which would comfortably score Murphy shortening Milwaukee's lead to seven runs.
After six strong innings, it was time for Holmberg to step off the mound and in went league rookie Ryan Dunne to close out the ball game. Dunne’s inning was successful, tricking multiple batters with his curveball, and allowing no hits. The 9-2 victory in seven innings and drew the Milkmen one game closer to a sweep.
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