Bullpen Exhausted, Fish Fall 8-2 in RedHawks Series Finale
FARGO, ND - The Winnipeg Goldeyes were swept for a second consecutive series, falling 8-2 against the Fargo Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field on Sunday afternoon.
With two outs in the top of the second, Josh Mazzola gave the Fish the early lead. On a powerful hit down the left field line, Mazzola homered for the eighth time this season. In the bottom half, Goldeyes pitcher Carter Johnson came on in emergency relief for Shane Dawson, who left the game with an injury. In the bottom half, Keury De La Cruz scored the tying run with an RBI single that brought Valerio home from second. Valerio had initially hit a single, advancing to second on a throwing error by JJ Gould.
After back-to-back walks in the bottom of the fourth, Valerio hit a one-run single to score Brennan Metzger with the go-ahead run. Chris Jacobs followed up with a two-out, three-run homer to give the RedHawks a 5-1 lead.
With Victor Capellan on the mound, the RedHawks scored twice more in the fifth. After singling down left, Tim Colwell stole on back-to-back pitches to advance himself to third. Metzger scored Colwell on an infield single, giving the RedHawks a 6-1 lead. Leobaldo Pina followed with another single, advancing Metzger to second. Metzger advanced to third on an infield single from Valerio, and scored on a throwing error by Gould.
Pete Perez pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth for the Fish. In the seventh, Mazzola hit a single to break the streak of RedHawks starting pitcher Will Solomon, who had retired the ten previous consecutive batters. In the bottom half, Colwell hit a leadoff double. Colwell now has 11 extra-base hits in his past 11 games. Michael Gonzales hit a shallow RBI single to centre to bring Colwell to plate and give RedHawks their last run of the game.
To relieve the Goldeyes' bullpen, Mazzola pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
The Fish scored once more in the ninth. Tommy Mendonca doubled down the right field line, and was driven in on a two-out single from Jordan Ebert, who had a productive game during his first career start at first base.
Johnson took the loss for the Fish, allowing four runs (four earned) over three innings. Solomon was credited with the win for the RedHawks, allowing one run (one earned) over seven innings.
The Goldeyes return home on Monday to host the Sioux Falls Canaries at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Kevin McGovern (3-5, 3.84) takes the mound for the Goldeyes. The Canaries have not yet announced their starting pitcher. 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.
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