Fish fall flat in cru­cial game

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS - By Kyle Jahns

IF the Win­nipeg Gold­eyes want to stay in the wild-card hunt, they sure didn’t show it on Tues­day night in front of 6,936 fans. The Gold­eyes gave up two crooked num­bers in the first two in­nings and com­mit­ted a sea­son-high five er­rors to drop a land­slide of a game to the St. Paul Saints.

The Saints were de­ter­mined to avoid a fourth con­sec­u­tive shutout by the Gold­eyes. Fish pitcher Ja­son Jarvis gave up three runs in the top of the first: back-to-back sin­gles fol­lowed by a three-run homer by first base­man Brian Burgamy. The Gold­eyes closed the gap in the bot­tom half with a run. Jarvis con­tin­ued to strug­gle in the sec­ond, al­low­ing the bases to be loaded off base on balls or hit by pitches. The Saints would score three more runs in the in­ning. Jarvis had the short­est start on the mound this sea­son, pitch­ing 1 1/3 in­nings, al­low­ing four hits and seven runs. Newly signed pitcher Tay­lor Se­witt took over the mound and the Saints tacked on an­other run to take a com­mand­ing 7-1 lead.

Yuren­dell de Caster added a run for the Fish in the bot­tom of the third, but af­ter two score­less in­nings the Saints matched it to make the score 8-2.

With two outs in the sev­enth, Fehlandt Len­tini crushed his sev­enth home run of the sea­son over the left-field wall. The solo ef­fort was the third run for the Gold­eyes, but they weren’t able to build any mo­men­tum off of it.

Josh Maz­zola hit a solo home run to make it 11-4, but that was as close as the Gold­eyes would get. GAME­BREAK­ERS: Len­tini was one of the lone bright spots on the Gold­eyes ros­ter. Len­tini brought in two runs and had three hits on four at bats. The right-fielder also had a solo home run.

Burgamy got the Saints rolling in the first in­ning with a three-run homer that set the tone for the Saints. Burgamy fin­ished with one hit in four trips to the plate with four RBI. KEY PLAY: Down by five runs in the eighth, the Gold­eyes faced a bases­loaded sit­u­a­tion with no outs and needed to keep the Saints off the board in or­der to have a chance.

A sac­ri­fice fly brought a run in for the Saints on the first play, and two er- rors later the bases were loaded again. Adam Frost and Dan Kaczrowski added runs to take a 11-3 lead and shut­tered any chances of a Fish come­back. FISH WRAP: Lucky for the Gold­eyes, wild-card lead­ers the Gary SouthShore RailCats lost in ex­tra in­nings to the Kansas City T-Bones. With both teams los­ing, the Gold­eyes re­main 1½ games back of the lone wild-card spot with six games to go.

JOHN WOODS / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Gold­eyes catcher Luis Allen is late with the tag Wedne­day night.

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