WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (24-32) beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats 10-6 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday marked the Goldeyes’ 31st consecutive game without a day off.
The Goldeyes jumped out to a huge early lead, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Josh Mazzola lined a single to left-centre. After it appeared Grant Heyman grounded into a fielder’s choice at shortstop, RailCats’ catcher Andy Paz was charged with catcher’s interference, putting runners on first and second. With the runners in motion, Jordan Ebert grounded a single up the middle that scored Mazzola with the game’s first run. Tyler Baker followed with an RBI double to centre. Two batters later, Tucker Nathans lined a two-out, two-run single to right-centre that brought home Ebert and Baker to stretch Winnipeg’s lead to 4-0. Reggie Abercrombie came back from an 0-2 count to walk, setting up a Josh Romanski two-out, RBI single to centre. Josh McAdams made it 6-0 with a line drive single to centre. Mazzola then capped off the nine-run frame with a three-run home run to left-centre.
“We worked hard in the second and got Alex a big lead,” said Mazzola. “I think giving our pitchers an opportunity to go out there and do what they do is essential for us to be successful. Our quality at bats have risen, and I think going into this day off, it’s going to be huge for the team. We’ll be able to rest the body, continue having those quality at bats, and hopefully get some wins.”
The RailCats cut the lead to 9-3 in the top of the third. With two outs and no one on base, Will Savage hit a bloop single down the right field line. After Alex Crosby singled to right-centre, Dale Carey hit a three-run home run to left-centre.
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Alex Boshers (3-5) earned the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits over six innings. Boshers walked none, struck out none, and threw just 71 pitches.
“Boshers had great command of his pitches early on and was able to get ahead,” Mazzola said. “Especially with this team, they’re looking to see pitches and then later on, they’ll jump on you on that first pitch. It’s one of those things you have to feel out, but he gave us the opportunity to be successful.”
In the bottom of the sixth, Mazzola hit his second home run of the game, this time a two-out, solo shot down the left field line to make it 10-4 Winnipeg.
The RailCats scratched out an unearned run in the seventh on a Savage sacrifice fly. In the top of the eighth, Ronnie Mitchell and Paz hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to cut the Goldeyes’ lead to 10-6.
Victor Capellan pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to close out the game.
Lars Liguori (1-6) started for the RailCats and took the loss, allowing 10 runs, two earned, on 15 hits. Liguori walked two and struck out two.
Abercrombie turned 38 on Sunday, and played in his 2,000th career professional game (Major Leagues, affiliated minor leagues, Mexican League, and North American independent leagues). Ebert finished the game with a career-high four hits.
The Goldeyes have Monday off before opening a three-game series on the road at Sioux Falls on Tuesday. First pitch from Sioux Falls Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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 24th when they host the Texas AirHogs at Shaw Park. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/Goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.