September 6, 2017 - American Association (AA) - Winnipeg Goldeyes
WINNIPEG, MB - The Winnipeg Goldeyes play Game One of the American Association Division Series against the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park tonight at 6:45 p.m.
The winner of the best-of-five series will face either the Gary SouthShore RailCats or Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association Championship Series.
This series marks the fourth time the Goldeyes and Saltdogs have met in the postseason. The Goldeyes beat the Saltdogs three games to one in the 2001 Northern League Central Conference Championship Series. The following year, Winnipeg bested Lincoln three games to two in the Northern League North Division Championship Seies. Most recently, the Saltdogs edged the Goldeyes three games to two in the 2014 American Association Division Series.
The Goldeyes are making their 19th playoff appearance in their 24-year history, and are in search of their fourth league championship. The Goldeyes won the Northern League in 1994 and the American Association in both 2012 and 2016. The Saltdogs are in the postseason for a ninth time in their 17-year history, and captured the American Association title in 2009.
All-star left-hander Kevin McGovern takes the mound for the Goldeyes in Game One. McGovern was 13-3 with a 2.56 ERA in 21 regular season starts. The 13 wins tied for the American Association lead and are also tied for second on the Goldeyes' single-season list. McGovern finished third in the league in ERA, and became just the fourth pitcher in American Association history to post three seasons of 100 or more strikeouts (118).
Former Major League right-hander Shairon Martis starts for Lincoln. Martis re-signed with the Saltdogs in February before having his contract purchased by the Baltimore Orioles. Martis made eight relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk before returning to Lincoln in July. Martis was 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA in seven starts and one relief outing for the Saltdogs, and is in his third overall year with the organization. Martis pitched in the Major Leagues for the Washington Nationals from 2008-09, and again for the Minnesota Twins in 2013.