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Goldeyes defeat Explorers to end losing skid
The Goldeyes halted a four-game losing skid by defeating the Sioux City Explorers 10-9 on Sunday night at Sioux City, Iowa.
Goldeyes pitcher Kaohi Downing, working into the game in the bottom of the ninth, recorded his second save of the season as the Goldeyes (19-10) increased their lead atop the American Association's North division to four games.
"That's something to be said about his (Downing) big-wave surfing," Goldeyes pitching coach Bill Pulsipher told TSN 1290 radio, referring to the sport favoured by Downing, who is from Hawaii. "When you're out there and you've got a chance to die when the waves crash in on you, it's no big deal when there's guys on base. He kept his cool, kept his composure and kept executing pitches and it turned out all right for him. Obviously he doesn't want to give up any runs. But the fact that we finished the game by one run ahead means that he did his job."
There were six lead changes in the game as Sioux City (16-15) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in front of 1,187 spectators despite scoring two runs in the ninth inning.
Winnipeg headed to Sioux Falls, S.D., after Sunday's game to play a three-game set Monday through Wednesday against the Pheasants.
The Goldeyes, trailing 4-1 after the first inning, battled back to take a 9-7 lead in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by left-fielder Jon Weber and a two-out, two-run double by third baseman Yurendell de Caster. Goldeyes outfielder Ridge Carpenter recorded the winning RBI in the ninth inning.
The Goldeyes were playing without regular third baseman Amos Ramon, who suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's loss during a collision at home plate.
Winnipeg came into the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead (10-7) but Sioux City scored a pair of runs with none out to come within one. Downing struck out one followed by some good defensive plays to end the game.
De Caster led the Goldeyes at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBI while second baseman Price Kendall had one hit, scored two runs and had an RBI.
Doubles were hit by Weber, de Caster, designated hitter Kyle Day and first baseman Josh Mazzola.
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