Winnipeg, MB – A four-run seventh inning and four scoreless innings from the bullpen propelled the Dogs to a come-from-behind victory Friday night over the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
After being shutout through their first six innings at the plate by Goldeyes start J.C. Sulbaran, the Dogs bats came to life in the seventh inning, as they sent eight men to the plate, and received a clutch two-out, two-run single from Rubi Silva to push in front of Winnipeg 4-3.
Treysen Vavra led off the frame with a solo home run, and an ensuing Dalton Blaser single chased Sulbaran from the game. Silva’s single came off Winnipeg reliever Jack Charleston, who had allowed just two hits in 36 prior at-bats against left-handed hitters. The knock also extended Silva’s hitting streak to 15 games.
The Goldeyes took an early lead thanks to a two-run double from Tucker Nathans in the bottom of the third inning. Winnipeg then tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Baker in the bottom of the sixth.
The run in the sixth was charged to Josh Goossen-Brown, who started the inning, but was lifted before recording an out. Goossen-Brown was relieved by Chad Girodo, who stranded a runner at third to close out the frame.
Goossen-Brown tossed five innings for Chicago, allowing all three runs on seven hits. The right hander walked two batters and struck out three, earning a no-decision.
With Chicago in front 4-3 when he took the mound for the bottom of the seventh, Girodo worked a perfect inning. The Dogs then tacked on an insurance run via a Matt Dean RBI single in the top of the eighth to push in front 5-3. Girodo earned the win, moving his season record to 2-0.
Kaohi Downing struck out two batters in a perfect eighth inning, and Taylor Grover struck out two Goldeyes in a perfect ninth to lock down his seventh save of the season.
The victory, which was the third consecutive for the Dogs, pushes their season record to 29-42. Winnipeg falls to 31-41 with the loss.
The Dogs and Goldeyes will resume their three-game series Saturday night in Winnipeg as Jared Carkuff takes the mound for Chicago against Tyler Herron for Winnipeg.
First pitch from Shaw Park is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast at www.thechicagodogs.com/broadcasts/ with the Crowne Plaza Pregame Show beginning at 5:40 p.m.