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Goldeyes slam Sioux Falls 6-1
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (29-20) cruised to a third straight win with a 6-1 victory on Monday night over the Sioux Falls Pheasants (25-24) before a crowd of 4,685 at Shaw Park.
Winnipeg was led by a pair of two-run home runs by Josh Mazzola and Yurendell de Caster while starting pitcher Ace Walker (5-2) got the win pitching seven innings allowing just one run on eight hits with no walks and struck out seven batters. Walker also threw 80 strikes on 110 pitches.
The Goldeyes hold a one-game lead over Fargo and are four games up on Sioux Falls atop the American Association’s North division.
Winnipeg and Sioux Falls will meet again Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the fourth and final meeting of their four-game set. The Goldeyes have a 3-4 record after seven games of this 12-game home stand.
The Pheasants, who have failed to score more than one run in all three meetings this week with Winnipeg, might have felt so frustrated, they were seeing purple. There was plenty of purple but it was because the Goldeyes wore special purple uniforms in honour of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night.
The Pheasants have lost five in a row, as did the Goldeyes last week.
An RBI double by right-fielder Kyle Day put Winnipeg on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Sioux Falls scored its only run in the top of the fourth when third baseman Jake Taylor’s single scored left-fielder Jared Bolden.
Winnipeg replied with Mazzola’s two-run dinger in the bottom of the fourth and de Caster’s two-run shot in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. A single by shortstop David Narodowski in the bottom of the eighth scored Mazzola.
Mazzola went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBI, de Caster was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, Day went 2-for-3 with an RBI and left-fielder Jon Weber was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
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