JOPLIN, MO. — A sixth-inning rally that saw the Winnipeg Goldeyes put up four runs wasn’t enough to win the final of a four-game series against the Joplin Blasters on Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Blasters took the game 10-5 to split the series at Joe Becker Stadium.
With the loss, the Goldeyes fall to 2-2 in the regular season, while the Blasters improve to 2-2.
“We didn’t do anything well enough to win today,” Goldeyes hitting coach Tom Vaeth said after the game. “We gave two here away in this series, and we can’t do that with the kind of clubs that are in our division.”
The Goldeyes gave up an early 2-0 lead after Will Soto hit a solo home run in the second and Willie Cabrera hit a two-out RBI double in the third. David Rohm answered in the fourth with an RBI single that scored Adam Heisler from third, but the Blasters put up four runs in the next inning on a pair of two-out two-run RBI doubles.
The Fish rallied in the sixth and put up four runs of their own in the fifth. Reggie Abercrombie stretched his hitting streak to nine regular season games with a two-run RBI single to score Ridge Hoopii-Haslam and Maikol Gonzalez, Rohm again singled to score Heisler, and Abercrombie scored from third on a passed ball to cut Joplin’s lead to 6-5.
“It was nice to show a little bit of bounce back there and make it close, but we didn’t get a zero when we needed that,” Vaeth said. “You can’t win ballgames like that.”
The Blasters added another run in the bottom sixth before putting up three runs (including one unearned) to take the game 10-5.
Goldeyes starter Edwin Carl gave up six runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings for his first loss of the season, while Joplin starter Josue Montanez gave up four earned runs on four hits in five complete innings for the win. There was no save.
“We’ve got to up our intensity level, for one,” Vaeth said, “we need to clean up our play defensively, for two, but the bright side is, those things can all be corrected with hard work.”
The Goldeyes will continue their 17-day road trip with the first of a three-game series against the Laredo Lemurs on Monday at 7:05 p.m. LHP Kyle Anderson (0-0) is scheduled to start for the Goldeyes.
The Fish will also play three games against the Lincoln Saltdogs before returning to Winnipeg for their home opener against the Sioux Falls Canaries on May 30. Tickets for all Goldeyes home games are available at the Shaw Park box office or by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting ticketmaster.ca
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