GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (39-29) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 5-3 at US Steel Yard on Thursday night.
The Goldeyes have won five in a row for the first time since July of 2015. Reggie Abercrombie helped Winnipeg get off to a quick start with a two-out, RBI single in the top of the first that scored Maikol Gonzalez with the game’s first run. Gonzalez opened the night with a double down the left field line.
Goldeyes’ starter Ethan Carnes (6-1) made the lead hold with six shutout innings on six hits. Carnes walked four and struck out none. Carnes has not allowed a run in four of his last six starts, and is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA during that stretch.
“It was great to see the guys come out like that after the break,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth. “Cameron got into a little trouble in there in the eighth, but Anderson got the big out we needed. Eric Eadington did what he does, and he was electric.”
Carnes was helped by two critical defensive plays. With the Goldeyes still leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Josh Romanski threw out Elbert Devarie at home plate as the tying run to end the inning. Devarie attempted to score on a two-out single to left from John Holland.
With Jarred Mederos on second as the tying run in the fifth with one out, Wes Darvill made a diving stop to his backhand side on a groundball from Tillman Pugh. Mederos tried advancing to third before Darvill applied the tag for the second out. Carnes then got Chase Harris to ground out to second base to end the frame.
The Goldeyes stretched the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. Adam Heisler ripped a double to right leading off. Two batters later, Abercrombie reached on an error by Mederos at shortstop, while Romanski walked to load the bases. David Rohm followed with a line drive single to centre on a 1-2 count that scored Heisler and Abercrombie to make it 3-0.
With Willie Cabrera on first and two outs in the seventh, Abercrombie blasted a two-run homer to left-centre. The ball struck the top of the scoreboard at US Steel Yard, an estimated 75-plus feet above the warning track.
“I’d love to get that on video, because I’d watch that over and over again,” said Vaeth. “He had a part in all five runs we scored tonight. That’s a veteran leader for you.”
Gary SouthShore rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within two. Frank Martinez led off with a groundball single to left, took third when Alex Crosby doubled to left, and scored the RailCats’ first run on a single to left from Devarie. Jose Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to centre that cut the lead to 5-2. Kyle Anderson relieved Cameron McVey and allowed a single to John Holland that loaded the bases. Anderson struck out pinch hitter Jaime del Valle for the first out of the inning and was relieved by Eric Eadington . Eadington induced a sacrifice fly to left from leadoff hitter Anthony Cheky. Devarie scored on the play to make it 5-3. After Pugh walked to reload the bases, Eadington came back from a 3-1 count to strike out Chase Harris on a high fastball to strand the tying and go-ahead runs on base.
Eadington struck out two more during a perfect bottom of the ninth to cap off the five-out save. Eadington has earned the save in each of his last three appearances, notching four, nine, and five outs respectively.
Abercrombie finished with three hits and three RBI. Kyle Lotzkar struck out two during a scoreless seventh in relief of Carnes.
The four-game series continues Friday night at 7:10 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca Duke von Schamann (6-5, 4.29) faces right-hander Karl Triana (4-4, 3.72).
The Goldeyes return home on Thursday, August 11th when they open a four-game series against the Wichita Wingnuts. 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.