Gold­eyes take halo off Saints in se­ries

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

STRONG pitch­ing, courtesy of Chris Salamida, and a cou­ple of strong in­nings in the mid­dle of the game helped the Win­nipeg Gold­eyes se­cure a 9-2 vic­tory over the St. Paul Saints Wed­nes­day night.

Some 7,029 fans took in a per­fect night for base­ball and watched the Gold­eyes stay alive in the wild-card race in the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion. Wild­card lead­ers Gary SouthShore RailCats beat the Kansas City T-Bones 10-4, mean­ing the Gold­eyes will re­main 1½ games back with five games left to play.

“All the games from here on out are im­por­tant, so it was good that we came out and played ag­gres­sive with our pitch­ing and hit­ting. We just had to let things take their course,” Gold­eyes left­fielder Ray Sadler said of the team’s win.

The win wiped away any bad mem­o­ries of the open­ing match of the se­ries. The Gold­eyes had com­mit­ted a sea­son-high five er­rors the pre­vi­ous night in an 11-4 loss. They had zero er­rors this game.

The Gold­eyes opened the scor­ing in the fourth in­ning af­ter go­ing through their en­tire bat­ting ro­ta­tion. Yuren­dell de Caster was walked and Ryan Scoma hit a dou­ble to put both run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion. Sadler hit a two-RBI dou­ble to bring in the first two runs of the game. Josh Maz­zola hit a sin­gle, but Sadler couldn’t ad­vance be­cause the play was right in front of him. Luis Alen cranked a sin­gle down the third-base line to bring in Sadler and Amos Ra­mon scored Maz­zola on the next play. Af­ter the dust set­tled, the Gold­eyes had a 4-0 lead.

Salamida and the Gold­eyes de­fence put the Saints down onetwo-three in the top of the fifth and added more runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning. De Caster was brought in on a Maz­zola fielder’s choice and Scoma was brought in courtesy of a Casey Haerther sin­gle.

The Saints scored their first run in the top of the sev­enth. Saints first-base­man Brian Burgamy got on base with a sin­gle. Left-fielder Don­ald Blunt blasted a line drive just in­side the third-base line and deep into the cor­ner of left field for an RBI triple. Des­ig­nated hit­ter Chris Man­ning hit an RBI sin­gle to make the score 6-2.

How­ever in the bot­tom of the in­ning the Gold­eyes can­celled those two runs,t courtesy of Sadler’s 19th home run of the sea­son. Scoma got onto base with a sin­gle and Sadler fol­lowed him up for the two-run home run and 8-2 lead.

In the eighth in­ning Alen was brought in on a Fehlandt Len­tini fielder’s choice for the Gold­eyes’ ninth run of the game.

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