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Goldeyes score fourth-straight victory
A grand slam home run by Yurendell de Caster in the fourth inning set the table for a 11-3 win over the Sioux Falls Pheasants and a fourth straight victory by the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Tuesday at Shaw Park.
De Caster, who bats cleanup, and top three in Winnipeg’s batting order were hotter than the sizzling 31 C temperature. Price Kendall, Ridge Carpenter, Jon Weber and de Caster accounted for eight runs in front of 5,816 fans.
Winnipeg (30-20), who swept Sioux Falls (25-25) in the four-game series, marked the halfway point of 50 games played with 16 hits which is the second-highest this season. Starting rookie pitcher Rich Hawkins (3-1) got the win. Sioux Falls is on a six-game losing skid.
The Goldeyes also remained in first place in the North Division of the American Association.
Beginning Thursday, the Goldeyes will host St. Paul Saints for a four-game set to close out the 12-game home stand. Winnipeg is 4-4 so far.
"We’re doing pretty good, 30 wins is a great first half. I would take that all day long. I wasn’t sure that would be realistic based on our schedule," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. "Once we got halfway through that first half, having some injuries and defections, 30 wins seemed like it might be a bit of a stretch. Our team seems to persevere a little bit."
The Goldeyes were led by Kendall who went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and was hit by a pitch, Weber who had a pair of hits, walked twice, scored two runs and had two RBI and de Caster who went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and four RBI. First baseman Josh Mazzola hit his seventh home run of the season and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI.
Diamond Dust: Forney gave centre-fielder Chris Roberson (sore knee) the night off replacing him with rookie Carpenter who hit a double and scored a run...The Goldeyes will host a skills camp on Wednesday with 15 players working with 95 local youngsters.
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