Questions loomed about whether the Lincoln Saltdogs' offense could solve Winnipeg starter Charle Rosario, who was specifically saved by the Goldeyes for Game 3 of their American Association playoff series.
Lincoln's answer was league ERA champion Bennett Parry, but Rosario stumped the Lincoln offense with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work in Winnipeg's 6-2 victory Saturday in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Goldeyes now lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
Rosario was second in the American Association in strikeouts (132) and finished fifth in the league in wins (11).
Parry started the game with a strikeout, the first of his seven, but Winnipeg's Casey Turgeon reached first base when the third strike was dropped. After a walk, Winnipeg's Josh Romanski, who finished the regular season with 81 RBIs, drove in a run with the Goldeyes' first hit. Winnipeg added two more runs with a sacrifice fly by Shawn Pleffner and an RBI double by Wes Darvill.
Winnipeg added three runs more in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead as Rosario limited the Saltdogs to just four hits. The Saltdogs' offensive bright spot was a two-run home run by Cesar Valera in the sixth inning that cut the deficit to four runs.
The Saltdogs will look to even the series in Winnipeg at 4 p.m. Sunday.
In other league playoff action, Wichita returned to the championship series after sweeping Gary SouthShore 3-0 with an 11-3 victory Saturday.