WINNIPEG – If the Winnipeg Goldeyes can get two more pitching performances like the one they got from Edwin Carl Wednesday night, they could soon be league champs.
Carl went 6.2 innings allowing four hits, one walk, no runs and struck out five as the Goldeyes blanked the Wichita Wingnuts 5-0 in Game 1 of the American Association Championship.
Carl was cruising into the seventh before allowing a walk and a single, and was then pulled but was given a standing ovation from the packed Shaw Park crowd of 3,490.
The bullpen took it from there, stranding those two baserunners and allowing no more to reach for the rest of the game.
The Goldeyes got on the board right away thanks to Carlton Tanabe’s two-run single in the first. The lead stayed at 2-0 until Josh Romanski’s solo homer in the 6th.
Romanski’s RBI single in the 7th added to the lead while Adam Heisler also knocked in a run in the 8th.
David Rohm continued his torrid hitting in the postseason: the first baseman went 3-for-4 and is now batting a scorching .652 in Winnipeg’s six playoff games.
The Goldeyes will try to make it a 2-0 series lead heading back to Wichita Thursday night at Shaw Park. First pitch for the final home game of 2016 goes at 7:05.