The Winnipeg Goldeyes’ (16-10) beat the Gary SouthShore Railcats 5-0 at U.S Steelyard on Thursday night to win the rubbermatch of their three-game set in Gary Indiana.
The Goldeyes scored three runs in the top of the fourth, and that would end up being all they needed as Mitch Lambson did the rest, throwing a complete-game six-hit shutout to secure the series win for Winnipeg.
The complete game was the first thrown by a Goldeye pitcher this season, and was the fourth career complete game for Lambson, all of which have come in a Goldeye uniform. The 28-year-old left-hander improved to 3-1 in six starts this season, and has now gone six-or-more innings in five of his six outings this season.
The game was scoreless for the first three innings before the Goldeyes got to Railcats starter Kaleb Fontenot in the top of the fourth. Willy Garcia started the inning off with a double before a Dominic Ficociello single would bring Garcia home to put the Goldeyes up 1-0.
Reggie Abercrombie was up next and was within a few feet of a home run as he smashed a shot off the top of the wall, scoring Ficociello from first with an RBI triple. Abercrombie loves playing at U.S Steelyard. Coming into tonight, the 38-year-old veteran had hit at least 1 home run in his last eight series at U.S Steelyard going back to 2014. With his RBI Thursday night, Abercrombie now has 41 RBI’s in 43 games at U.S Steelyard. Abercrombie finished 2-for-3 at the plate, with an RBI, and two walks.
Before the inning would run out, Winnipeg would add one more when James Harris hit a two-out single off of Frank Moscatiello who had replaced Fontenot, scoring Abercrombie from third and putting the Goldeyes up 3-0.
Winnipeg would add singles in both the sixth and seventh innings to go up 5-0, securing the first shut out of the season for Winnipeg.
Lambson went the distance, allowing just six hits while striking out eight. Four of those strikeouts came against Railcats Colin Willis, who had a home run last night, but Lambson had his number on this night.
Josh Romanski was solid for Winnipeg once again, going 4-for-5 at the plate.
The Goldeyes will now hit the road to Kokomo Indiana for the first time in franchise history to face the Milwaukee Milkmen on Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05.
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, June 18th when they host the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park. Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com