Winnipeg, MB. – Matt Dean hit the first go-ahead home run in franchise history, and the Dogs came from behind for the second time in seven days to defeat the Goldeyes 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Shaw Park in Winnipeg.
The homer was the first of the year for Dean in his 69th at-bat, and it capped off a three-run comeback for Chicago. The Dogs began the game in an early hole, after the Goldeyes scored three runs on three hits and four Chicago errors in the bottom of the first.
Chicago got one of the runs back in the top of the second when Shawon Dunston Jr. led off the frame with a double and came around to score on a two base error from Winnipeg starter Edwin Carl. Carl fielded a bunt off the bat of Zach Racusin and then threw wide of first allowing Dunston Jr. to score and Racusin to move up to second.
With the score 4-1 in favor of the Goldeyes the Dogs got a two-out RBI single from Michael Baca to slash the deficit to two runs in the top of the second.
One inning later, Chicago posted a three spot to gain the lead. After Craig Maddox made it 4-3 with an RBI single, Dean homered to left center field to cap a nine pitch at-bat and put the Dogs in front 5-4. Chicago scored one more run on an RBI double from Maddox in the sixth to make it 6-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Winnipeg center fielder Reggie Abercrombie collected his second hit of the game, an RBI single to left to cut the Chicago lead to one run. The RBI was the third of the game for Abercrombie.
With the Dogs still up 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Josh Mazzola led off the frame with a single. Two pitches later, Mazzola was thrown out trying to steal second base. Chicago setup man Taylor Grover recorded the next two outs to close the inning and send the game to the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dogs closer Kaohi Downing struck out the side for his third save of the season in four tries. The win was the second come-from-behind victory for Chicago (5-16) over Winnipeg (12-10) in as many Sundays.
Josh Goossen-Brown logged six innings for the second straight Sunday to earn his first win of the year in his fifth professional start. Goossen-Brown was charged with two runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking two. Zach Hartman took the loss for Winnipeg dropping his season record to 0-2.
Chicago will next head to Sioux Falls, S.D. for a four-game set with the Sioux Falls Canaries beginning Monday night at 7:05 p.m.