After a dreary day, brighter skies were on the way for the Winnipeg Goldeyes and their fans at Shaw Park on Tuesday night.
True, as the sun went down behind the park, the light looked to blaze into Goldeyes’ fielders’ eyes and the Lemurs struck early, as a John Allen single drove in two runs in the first inning. But Fish starting pitcher Mark Hardy buckled down after that, striking out two batters in a quick and hitless second and helping settle the team down
"He kept us in it, and we were fortunate enough to pull it out," outfielder Ryan Scoma said after the game.
Indeed, the Fish were out-hitting the Lemurs even as they trailed until a big sixth-inning play from Scoma put them up 4-3. Relievers Kaohi Downing and Brendan Lafferty and closer Patrick Keating combined to seal the win, and the Fish shut ‘er down on a big double-play in the top of the ninth.
Fish fans, meet Ryan Scoma. You may have enjoyed the charming right-fielder from such hits as his 2 RBI double that tied the game, his own run home a few minutes later, and his eighth-inning triple. The latter threat fizzled when the inning closed a few minutes later, but hey, it was fun to watch him fly around the diamond.
It was a character show from Canadian pitcher Hardy, who shook off the rocky start and kept the Lemurs muzzled for the next 6.1 innings to earn his third win of the season. He ended up pitching for seven hits and a walk on the night.
◗ Key play
Despite out-hitting the Lemurs, the Goldeyes were down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Scoma stepped to the plate and waggled his bat. Then he took a pitch from Lemurs starter Mark Serrano and blasted a double deep into centre field. The hit gave Tim Smith and Luis Alen a chance to run for home, while Scoma darted for an advance to third. That put him in position to make a run home of his own on the ensuing Amos Ramon single, leading the Fish to their first lead of the game.
◗ On the hook
Hope these Fish like feeding in the morning, because they wrap their three-game home series against the Lemurs at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Shaw Park.