Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Goldeyes pound out win over Pheasants

  • Print

By Ashley Prest

 

Winnipeg Goldeyes right-fielder Josh Mazzola hit a pair of home runs and centre-fielder Chris Roberson hit a solo shot to lift the Goldeyes (39-28) to a 7-3 win over the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants (30-37) before a crowd of 5,543 at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.

Mazzola belted a two-out, three-run bomb in the first inning and a two-run shot in the fifth while Roberson's home run came in the fourth inning. Roberson and Mazzola are tied for the team lead with 10 home runs each. Starting pitcher Todd Privett (5-4), who got the win for Winnipeg, worked 6.2 innings allowing three runs on seven hits and struck out five batters. He was relieved by Brian Beuning who tossed the remaining 2.1 innings and allowed one hit, a walk and struck out two.

The Goldeyes, who trail the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (44-23) by five games for the North division lead, now embark on a six–game road trip which begins Tuesday in Kansas City against the T-Bones.

"Days you hit the ball well is always a good day and it was a plus I was able to drive in some runs," said Mazzola, who also hit a double and had five RBI. "Going on the road tomorrow, it definitely builds momentum. It's big for us going on the road taking this series and that momentum. One big word I heard today was ‘compete’ and we definitely did that."

Sioux Falls scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning but Winnipeg responded in the bottom of the first with catcher Luis Alen’s RBI single and Mazzola’s three-run dinger.

In the top of the third, the Pheasants scored their third run on an error by Winnipeg shortstop Jose Duran, leaving Winnipeg clinging to a 4-3 lead. Roberson’s homer and Mazzola’s two-run shot gave the Goldeyes the game.

Diamond Dust: The Goldeyes placed left-handed rookie pitcher Rich Hawkins, 22, on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of releasing him. Hawkins had a 3-1 record with a 7.82 ERA in eight starts and was torched by Sioux Falls on Saturday night for eight runs on 10 hits in two innings.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.