CLEBURNE, TX – The Winnipeg Goldeyes strong pitching helped them earn a 4-3 win against the Cleburne Railroaders at The Depot at Cleburne Station on Sunday afternoon.
In his first appearance of the season, Goldeyes starting pitcher Edwin Carl recorded eleven strikeouts over six innings, matching a career all-time high. Carl recorded the win for the Goldeyes. He allowed three runs, one of which was earned. Goldeyes relief pitcher Victor Capellan picked up the save.
Railroaders pitcher Will Mathis took the loss.
On Carl’s sixth strikeout, he passed Shawn Onley for fourth on the Goldeyes’ career strikeouts list. Goldeyes hitting coach Tom Vaeth was satisfied with Carl’s performance.
“Edwin battled… He was able to come back, make some pitches, and he gave us a chance,” said Vaeth.
The Fish scored all four runs in the third inning. Railroaders pitcher Will Mathis walked four consecutive players and threw two wild pitches in the top of the third, before being replaced by teammate Michael Gunn. Kevin Garcia drew the first walk of the inning, followed by Matt McCann. On a wild pitch, the players advanced to third and second, respectively. Andrew Sohn was walked next. With the bases loaded and Victor Cruzado at bat, Garcia took advantage of another wild pitch and made it to home plate. After Cruzado was walked, Mathis was replaced by Gunn.
Reynaldo Rodriguez batted next, hitting a powerful groundball that resulted in a 2-run single. Three batters later, with Rodriguez on third, Josh Mazzola made a sacrifice high fly ball deep centerfield, to bring Rodriguez home and give the Fish the 4-1 lead.
The Railroaders Levi Scott opened scoring in the second, with a single homerun. With seven homeruns last year, this was Scott’s first of the 2018 season.
The Railroaders scored their final two runs in the fourth, when Patrick Palmiero hit a high fly ball that bounced off the centerfield wall, allowing KC Huth to score. Levi scored the third run for the Railroaders on a sacrifice fly from Cameron Monger.
Cameron McVey and Jack Charleston both played strong relief innings for the Goldeyes, allowing no runs to be scored.
The Goldeyes play next on Monday, May 21st against the Texas AirHogs in Grand Prairie, Texas.