GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (23-22) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 3-0 at US Steel Yard on Tuesday night.
Ethan Carnes (3-1) earned his first win as a member of the Goldeyes, blanking the RailCats over six innings on just three base hits. Carnes walked two, struck out four, and threw only 84 pitches.
“Just a really good game in all aspects,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth . “Ethan stepped up for us. Good job for him matching zeroes against a really good starter. He attacked early in the zone, he got ahead and he got the first batter in almost every inning.”
The Goldeyes broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the seventh. Josh Romanski led off with a single through the right side and took second when Reggie Abercrombie hit a grounder to first base on an 0-2 count. Jacob Rogers followed with a line drive, RBI single to right-centre to plate Romanski with the game’s first run. AfterCasio Grider walked, left-handed reliever Moises Melendez relieved RailCats’ starter Richard Castillo (3-2). Wes Darvill hit a sharp single through the left side on an 0-2 count to load the bases. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam pinch hit for Tanner Murphy and singled to left to score Rogers. Maikol Gonzalez knocked in the Goldeyes’ third run, beating out a potential inning-ending double play on a groundball to third.
“There were some good at-bats in that inning where we got the three runs on the board,” said Vaeth. “Those are the kind of at-bats you need when you’re fighting against a scrappy team like this.”
Kyle Anderson relieved Carnes and worked two scoreless innings over the seventh and eighth. Newcomer Robert Tasin pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn the save in his Goldeyes’ debut. The Goldeyes’ pitching staff has allowed just one earned run in 24 innings the last two nights.
“Kyle’s relishing the opportunity,” said Vaeth on Anderson’s recent work in the bullpen. “He’s taken the role that’s been given to him and running with it, and he’s come in and thrown strikes.
Castillo took the loss for the RailCats (24-20), allowing three earned runs on five hits in six and one-third innings. Castillo walked one and struck out three.
The series concludes Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. Mikey O’Brien (5-2, 3.63) takes on right-hander Karl Triana (2-4, 3.60). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, July 12th when they face the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park. 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.