Disappointing Road Trip Comes to an End
The road just wasn't very kind to the Winnipeg Goldeyes this past week.
In the final game of a seven-game road trip, the Goldeyes dropped a 7-2 decision to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks before 2,398 fans at Newman Outdoor Field Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops Winnipeg to a 12-11 record, including 2-5 on the trip, and out of first place in the North Division for the first time this season. The Goldeyes have also been swept by the RedHawks in back-to-back three-game series.
Like the previous four losses this week, the Goldeyes fell behind early, giving up four runs in the bottom of the first inning and trailed 7-1 after the fourth inning. Winnipeg added run in the sixth inning off an RBI double from Leonard Davis, but that was the extent of the comeback effort.
"We got into a deep hole and it's tough to comeback from four that early," Goldeyes pitching coach Jamie Vermilyea said on the TSN 1290 post-game show. "Fargo just has our number right now. They have all the momentum right now. That's where the good teams have to step up, start scratching away and get a W."
Davis, Casey Haerther and Ryan Scoma each had two hits for the Goldeyes.
Winnipeg starter Alex Capaul fell to 1-4 after giving up six runs, five of which were earned, over two 2/3 innings. Capaul was the victim of two errors the Goldeyes made in the first inning, which aided Fargo's offence.
"He went out and got two quick outs," Vermilyea said. "We're asking a lot from him right now. He's going on three days right all the time. That's tough to do."
Aaron Correa then threw four innings of relief, striking out two and allowing the other Fargo run. Kaohi Downing and Chris Kissock finished the work out of the bullpen.
Mackenzie King earned the win for Fargo by tossing three 2/3 innings after starter Ethan Opsahl went three innings.
The Goldeyes return home for a six-game homestand, beginning tomorrow night with the first of three games against the Wichita Wingnuts. Game time is 7 p.m.
Tickets for all Goldeyes games can be purchased through Ticketmaster by clicking on Ticketmaster.ca, calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Shaw Park box office.
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