GARY, IN — The Winnipeg Goldeyes (26-23) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 6-0 at US Steel Yard on Sunday afternoon.
“Good offence, good defence, good pitching,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth “It was a good recipe for a good win here at the end of our road trip. Guys are tired mentally and physically so it will be a well earned off day tomorrow.”
Goldeyes starter Zack Dodson (3-3) earned the win, he pitched seven scoreless innings, walked one and struck out six. Dodson retired 12 consecutive batters after walking Randy Santiesteban in the bottom of the second.
“He seemed like he pitched with a lot more confidence today,” said Vaeth on Dodson “He mixed his pitches a lot better, his change-up was really good, I think it the precedent was set by (Edwin)Carl the other night and (Kevin)McGovern the second night, and even Nuding last night. Hopefully the pitchers are starting to feed off each other.”
Mason Katz got the scoring started in the bottom of the third, with a solo home run to left field that gave the Goldeyes the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, David Rohm led off with a single, Josh Romanski doubled down the right field line, Shawn Pleffner hit an RBI ground-out up the middle that scored Rohm.
The RailCats battled back in the bottom of the fifth. Andy DeJesus singled up the middle, Chase Harris singled to left field, and the RailCats had first and second with no outs. Reggie Wilson bunted to advance the bases, Dodson struck out Colin Willis and one-batter later caused Frank Martinez to fly-out to centre to end the inning and maintain the 2-0 lead for the Goldeyes.
In the bottom of the seventh, Wes Darvill led off with a triple off the glove of Harris in left-centre field. Katz punched a one-ball, two-strike RBI single to centre field that scored Darvill.
The Goldeyes extended their lead by three in the top of the eighth. Reggie Abercrombie reached second on an error by the RailCats’ Santiesteban, Pleffner hit his league-leading 19th double off the fence in left field that scored Abercrombie. One-pitch later David Bergin drove a two-run home run to deep centre field, his 13th home run of the year gave the Goldeyes the 6-0 lead.
“We swung pretty good this series,” said Vaeth “There is a lot of grass in this park, if you put a good swing on it here there is a lot of places for that ball to fall. I thought last night we tried to do too much, but it was nice to bounce back today and hit some balls over the wall.”
Charle Rosario took the loss for the RailCats, allowing three earned runs through six and one-third innings, walking one and striking out four.
Victor Capellan and Mitchell Lambson pitched a scoreless inning each for the Goldeyes in relief.
Mason Katz had a spectacular game for the Goldeyes, with three hits, two RBI’s, and a home run. In the bottom of the eighth, Katz robbed Colin Willis with a diving grab to his left with one-out and runners on first and third.
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, July 11th when they host the Sioux City Explorers. Right-hander Mikey O’Brien (5-2, 4.83) will get the start for the Goldeyes, the Sioux City Explorers have yet to release their starting rotation. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca, 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