WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (19-19) lost 8-1 to the Gary SouthShore RailCats at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.
Right fielder Tillman Pugh hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to provide the RailCats a lead they would never relinquish. Singles from Cameron Newell and Brennan Metzger bookended a strikeout of Matt Petrone before Pugh’s homer.
In the top of the third, Newell led off with a triple to centre field. Goldeyes’ starter Edwin Carl retired the next two batters before a wild pitch brought in Newell to make it 4-0. Pugh then reached second on an error and scored the RailCats’ fifth run on a line drive single to centre from Alex Crosby.
With two outs and no one on base in the fourth, Randy Santiesteban singled to left-centre. Newell followed with his second triple of the game, scoring Santiesteban from first to extend Gary SouthShore’s lead to 6-0.
David Rohm put the Goldeyes on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a one-out, line drive homer down the left field line. The home run extended Rohm’s hitting streak to 12 games in a row, tying a career-high set both in 2011 and 2013 while Rohm was playing in the Atlanta Braves’ organization.
Following a leadoff single to Maikol Gonzalez in the bottom of the first, RailCats’ starter Alex Gunn (1-0) had streaks of 10 and nine batters retired in a row that were sandwiched around Rohm’s home run. Gunn earned the win, allowing one earned run on three hits in six and two-thirds innings. Gunn walked one and struck out five.
Carl (3-3) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits in seven innings. Carl walked two and struck out three.
Pugh hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to provide the game’s final margin at 8-1.
Rohm and Josh Romanski each finished with multiple hits. True rookie infielder Carter McEachern made his professional debut, entering the game at third base in the top of the third inning after Reggie Abercrombie had to leave due to injury.
The series continues Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Duke von Schamann (2-4, 5.31) faces right-hander Charle Rosario (5-2, 2.85).
Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.goldeyes.com, or stopping by any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park. For information on season tickets, 10-Game Mini Packs, or group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-2273.