GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (41-30) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 9-4 in the continuation of Thursday’s suspended game, while falling 6-2 to the RailCats in Friday’s regularly scheduled contest at US Steel Yard on Friday night.
Thursday’s game resumed in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Goldeyes leading 1-0. With Cameron Newell on first base and one out, Randy Santiesteban doubled down the left field line. Frank Martinez followed with a two-run double to centre field that tied the game.
The Goldeyes answered right back with two runs in the top of the fifth. Andrew Sohn led off with a single up the middle on an 0-2 count and took second base on a groundball to first from David Rohm. After Josh Romanski walked, Sohn and Romanski executed a double steal. Reggie Abercrombie then walked to load the bases, setting up a two-run single through the right side from Shawn Pleffner. Pleffner had accounted for the Goldeyes’ two runs in the first inning on Thursday prior to the game being suspended.
In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Harris singled to centre with two outs and scored on a double to left-centre from Kris Goodman that pulled the RailCats within 4-3.
David Bergin ripped a double down the left field line leading off the eighth. Wes Darvill followed with a line drive, two-run home run to right. On the very next pitch, Mason Katz homered off the bottom of the batter’s eye in centre field, stretching Winnipeg’s lead to 7-3. Later in the inning, Sohn singled to left-centre, stole second, and scored on a two-out, RBI single to centre from Romanski.
Santiesteban tripled to centre with one out in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a groundball to shortstop by Martinez.
The Goldeyes scratched out an unearned run in the top of the ninth when Bergin scored on an errant throw by catcher Jose Gonzalez.
Kenny Mathews (3-1) earned the win in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits in two and one-third innings. Mathews, Daniel Minor, Evan Rutckyj, and Victor Capellan combined for five and two-thirds relief innings when play resumed.
Jordan Ebert made a pair of impressive plays at second base. In the bottom of the first on Thursday, Ebert made a diving stop on a Reggie Wilson groundball before managing to throw Wilson out from his knees. In the bottom of the eighth on Friday, Ebert made a leaping catch on a line drive headed toward right field from Cameron Newell.
Kevin McGovern started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on no hits in three and one-third innings. McGovern walked one and struck out one.
Andy Roberts (0-1) took the loss in relief for the RailCats, allowing two earned runs in the top of the fifth. Roberts was making his first appearance since July 31st of last year.
Aryton Costa started for the RailCats and also took a no-decision, allowing two earned runs on four hits over four innings. Costa walked two and struck out two.
In Friday’s regularly scheduled game, the Goldeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Sohn was hit by a pitch leading off the game and advanced to second when Rohm walked. After Romanski sacrificed the runners ahead, Abercrombie plated Sohn with a groundball to second base.
The RailCats responded with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and no one on base, Newell lined a single to centre and took second when Santiesteban reached on an infield hit. Martinez doubled down the right field line to drive in both runners. Martinez then stole third and scored on a throwing error.
Chase Harris reached first on an error charged to Sohn leading off the bottom of the third. Harris stole second and was sacrificed to third by Newell. After Santiesteban walked, Martinez hit a sacrifice fly deep down the right field line that scored Harris with the RailCats’ fourth run. Rohm made a sprinting catch towards the corner on the play before crashing into the wall in foul territory. Santiesteban stole second and scored on a two-out error charged to Darvill.
Bergin led off the fourth with a long double to centre field. Darvill followed with a line drive, RBI single to right-centre.
Gary SouthShore scored the final run of the night in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, RBI double by Harris.
Zack Dodson (5-4) started for the Goldeyes and took a complete game loss, allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits in six innings. Dodson walked one and struck out five.
Jeff McKenzie (1-2) started and won for the RailCats, allowing two earned runs on five hits in five innings. McKenzie walked two and struck out one.
Carlos Diaz recorded the final six outs for the RailCats, including five strikeouts.
Game three of the four-game series is Saturday evening at 6:10 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca beginning with Around the Association at 5:00 p.m. Saturday’s game broadcast will also be carried on 89.5 “The Lake” in Kenora, Ontario.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes return home on Friday, August 11th when they host the Wichita Wingnuts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com