WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Goldeyes locked up a playoff berth on Monday.
The Goldeyes won part one of their doubleheader with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-1 on Monday afternoon. The victory secured the wild card spot.
After missing the post-season dance last year, the Fish will head back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. It’s the 18th time in their 23 year history the Goldeyes have qualified for the post-season.
Reggie Abercrombie hit his 20th home run of the season in the victory. Goldeyes starting pitcher Kevin McGovern earned the win to improve his record to 8-3. He went the distance in the seven inning contest, pitching a two-hitter while striking out nine RedHawks batters.
Fargo won the second half of the doubleheader 10-5 as the Goldeyes finished the season with a 58-42 record.
The Goldeyes will face the St. Paul Saints in the division series. The Goldeyes had a slim edge in the season series as they won nine of their 17 meetings in 2016. It’s the first post-season meeting between the two clubs since the Saints eliminated the Goldeyes in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
Winnipeg will open the playoffs at home on Wednesday with Game 1 of the best-of-five series at Shaw Park. Game 2 will go the following night before the series shifts to St. Paul for the final three games if necessary on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively.
The other semifinal series pits the Wichita Wingnuts against the Sioux City Explorers.
WATCH: Goldeyes Clinch Playoff Spot Raw
American Association Playoff Schedule – Saints vs Goldeyes
Game 1 – Wednesday, September 7th – Shaw Park (7:05 p.m.)
Game 2 – Thursday, September 8th – Shaw Park (7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Saturday, September 10th – CHS Field (7:05 p.m.)
Game 4* – Sunday, September 11th – CHS Field (5:05 p.m.)
Game 5* – Monday, September 12th – CHS Field (7:05 p.m.)