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Goldeyes Post Comeback Win in Quebec

August 24, 2015 - American Association (AA) - Winnipeg Goldeyes News Release

The Winnipeg Goldeyes will not go away quietly.

On Monday night in Quebec, Goldeyes starter Matt Jackson was pitching on just three days rest. He grinded out six innings for his team and lasted long enough for his offence to give him some help.

With a run in the fifth, another in the sixth, three in the seventh and a Casey Haerther solo homer in the eighth, the Goldeyes came from behind and beat the Quebec Capitales 7-5 in the opener of a three-game series at Le Stade Municipal in Quebec City.

It was Winnipeg's fourth win in five games on the road and gave the Goldeyes a 5-3 record in the first eight games of this 10-game road swing through Eastern Canada. It left Winnipeg with a 41-46 mark on the season and the Fish are still involved in the wild card hunt with 13 games remaining in the American Association schedule.

"It was nice to bounce back after a tough loss in Ottawa," said Goldeyes pitching coach Jamie Vermilyea. "(Matt) Jackson threw well. He left some off-speed pitches out over the plate that they connected on, but overall, he pitched pretty well.

"Our starter went six innings and he turned the ball over to the bullpen and they've been pitching pretty well. Our guys had some good at bats tonight and it was a good win."

Once again, the Goldeyes opened the scoring in the top of the first when Casio Grider led off the game with a triple and scored on a ground out by Brad Boyer.

Quebec answered with a single run in the bottom of the third and another in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead, but the Goldeyes got that run back in the fifth. Ryan Babineau led off with a walk, James Boddicker singled and Casio Grider walked to load the bases with nobody out. After Boyer popped out to short, Babineau scored on a ground out off the bat of player of the week Reggie Abercrombie and the Goldeyes had tied the game at 2-2.

However, Quebec took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Kalan Sams hit a two-run homer off Jackson.

But the Goldeyes didn't quit. As Jackson kept grinding out innings, the Goldeyes got a run in the sixth when Tillman Pugh walked, Luis Alen walked, Ryan Babineau walked and James Boddicker was hit by a pitch. That scored Pugh and Winnipeg had cut the Quebec lead to 4-3.

Then, in the seventh, the Goldeyes broke it open. With one out, Haerther singled, Josh Mazzola walked and Pugh doubled to score both Haerther and Mazzola. After Alen walked, Babineau singled home Pugh to give the Fish a 6-4 advantage.

Haerther homered in the eight and the Goldeyes bullpen - Johnnie Lowe, Brendan Lafferty and Jailen Peguero - combined to allow one run, a solo homer off Peguero in the ninth, to give Winnipeg its 24th road win of the season.

The Goldeyes finished with seven runs on nine hits, while Quebec had five runs on 12 hits. Haerther led the way for Winnipeg by going three-for-five with a homer, an RBI and two runs scored. Pugh went two-for-four, drove in two and scored two.

Winnipeg starter Jackson (8-8, 4.95 ERA), who had seven strikeouts in six innings, earned the victory while Quebec reliever Jack Schmeltzer (0-1, 27.00 ERA) took the loss. Peguero picked up his 14th save of the season thanks in no small way to a brilliant, game-saving defensive play by Reggie Abercrombie in the bottom of the ninth.

The Goldeyes and Quebec will play Game 2 of this three-game series on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Lefty Kyle Anderson (4-5, 4.40 ERA) will start for the Goldeyes on just three days rest. The game can be heard live on The Jewel 100.5 with Steve Schuster at the microphone. 0 0 1 604 3444 Wintergreen Financial Services Ltd.

The Goldeyes return home from this 10-game road trip on Thursday (after Wednesday's game in Quebec, the Goldeyes will have played 22 straight days without a day off) and will open a four-game series at Shaw Park, beginning on Friday night at 7:05 against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Tickets for all Goldeyes home games in 2015 are available through Ticketmaster by clicking on, calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the Shaw Park box office.

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