GARY, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes lost 5-2 to the Gary SouthShore RailCats at US Steel Yard on Tuesday night.
Colin Willis singled up the middle leading off the bottom of the second and advanced to second when Tillman Pugh walked. Andy Paz fought off a soft groundball down the right field line. The ball was ruled fair on a close play over the first base bag, and resulted in an RBI double that scored Willis. An ensuing throwing error allowed Pugh to score and sent Paz to third. Dale Carey followed with a line drive double to right that scored Paz to make it 3-0.
The Goldeyes answered back in the top of the third. With two outs and no one on base, Josh Romanski lined a single to centre. Reggie Abercrombie followed with a towering home run to left-centre that pulled Winnipeg within 3-2.
It remained a one-run game until the bottom of the sixth when Randy Santesteban hit a two-run homer down the left field line.
The RailCats received one scoreless inning each from relievers Robbie Coursel, Myles Smith, and Adam Quintana to close out the 5-2 score. Quintana pitched a perfect top of the ninth to earn his seventh save.
RailCats’ starter Jeff McKenzie (5-9) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings. McKenzie walked one and struck out three.
Alex Boshers (3-9) started for Winnipeg and took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Boshers walked one and struck out three.
Brandon Bingel, Zack Dodson, and Jack Charleston combined for two scoreless innings in relief of Boshers. Charleston made his league-leading 47th appearance.
Romanski finished with three hits.
The series concludes Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. Kevin McGovern (4-9, 4.51) faces right-hander Gabe Perez (4-1, 3.32). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Friday, August 17th when they host the Sioux City Explorers. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by clicking here, or visiting the box office at Shaw Park.