ROSEMONT, Ill. — Edwin Arroyo and Keon Barnum hit homers, but it would not be enough to lead the Chicago Dogs to victory as they fell to the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 7-5, on Friday night at Impact Field.
Arroyo’s homer was his first of the 2019 campaign. Barnum’s blast gave him twelve on the season, tying him for the most in the American Association.
Gustavo Pierre, activated prior to Friday’s game, made his season debut. The Dominican Republic native finished 1-for-4 with a single.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead off of a Willy Garcia solo home run in the top of the first off of Dogs starter Wes Torrez (L, 0-2).
The Dogs were quick to respond in the bottom half of the frame, as Victor Roache ripped a two-run triple to give Chicago the 2-1 lead.
Winnipeg stormed back with six unanswered runs over the next four innings. A two-run homer by Kevin Garcia, coupled with a sacrifice fly by Jordan Hovey put the Goldeyes up 4-2 in the second. After tacking on another run off of a wild pitch in the third, Willy Garcia hit his second long ball of the game to make it a five-run Winnipeg lead in the fifth inning.
The Dogs got back within three on Arroyo’s homer, a two-run shot to left that also scored Tony Rosselli.
Barnum brought the Dogs within two with an opposite-field blast in the bottom of the eighth. It was the eighth opposite-field homer of the season for Barnum.
Josh Goossen-Brown, Rich Mascheri and Harrison Smith shut out the Goldeyes over the final four frames to limit the Winnipeg offense.
Jordan Dean walked and advanced to scoring position in the ninth, but Goldeyes closer Victor Capellan shut the door to secure the victory for Winnipeg.
LHP Jake Dahlberg (2-2) will start game two on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.
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