SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (25-32) beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 5-1 at Sioux Falls Stadium on Tuesday night.
For a second consecutive start, Mitchell Lambson (4-2) led the way, holding the Canaries to one unearned run on seven hits over seven and two-thirds innings. Lambson walked one and struck out seven while picking up the win.
The Goldeyes broke a scoreless tie with a three-run top of the fifth. Tyler Baker singled through the right side leading off and advanced to third on a single to shallow right from Jordan Ebert. After McClain Bradleywalked on a full count, Tucker Nathans hit a sacrifice fly to deep right-centre that scored Baker with the game’s first run. With Ebert and Bradley also moving up 90 feet on the sacrifice fly, Matt McCann followed with a two-run single up the middle that stretched the lead to 3-0.
In the top of the eighth, Josh McAdams led off with a single up the middle. After two outs were recorded, Ebert ran a full count. With McAdams in motion, Ebert singled to centre. McAdams scored all the way from first to make it 4-0 Winnipeg.
The Canaries (22-33) scratched out their lone run in the bottom of the eight when Chris Grayson came home on a Blake Schmit fielder’s choice.
Nathans singled through the right side leading off the top of the ninth, extending his hitting streak to eight games. After McCann sacrificed Nathans to second, Reggie Abercrombie singled through the right side to drive in the Goldeyes’ fifth and final run.
Victor Capellan pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to close out the game.
John Straka (2-1) started for the Canaries and took the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in four and one-third innings. Straka walked two and struck out three.
Bradley was signed before the game and recently completed a four-year college career at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Atlanta, Georgia native hit .355 during his senior season with nine home runs, 49 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 58 games.
Game two of the three-game series is Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Tyler Herron (4-6, 6.90) faces former Major League right-hander Jake Esch (4-4, 6.39). 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.