IF the Winnipeg Goldeyes want to stay in the American Association wild-card hunt, they sure didn't show it on Tuesday night in front of 6,936 fans.
The Fish gave up two crooked numbers in the first two innings and committed a season-high five errors in a landslide loss to the St. Paul Saints.
The Saints were determined to avoid a fourth consecutive shutout by the Goldeyes. Fish pitcher Jason Jarvis gave up three runs in the top of the first: back-to-back singles followed by a three-run homer by first baseman Brian Burgamy. The Goldeyes closed the gap in the bottom half with a run.
Jarvis continued to struggle in the second, loading the bases with walks and hit-batters. The Saints would score four more runs in the inning. Jarvis had his shortest start this season, going 1 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and seven runs. Newly signed pitcher Taylor Sewitt took over the mound and the Saints tacked on another run to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
Yurendell de Caster added a run for the Fish in the bottom of the third, but after two scoreless innings the Saints matched it to make the score 8-2.
With two outs in the seventh, Fehlandt Lentini crushed his seventh home run of the season over the left-field wall. The solo effort counted the third run for the Goldeyes, but they weren't able to build any momentum off of it.
Josh Mazzola hit a solo home run in the eighth to make it 11-4, but that was as close as the Goldeyes would get.
GAMEBREAKERS: Lentini was one of the lone bright spots on the Goldeyes roster. He drove in two runs and had three hits -- including a homer --in four trips. Burgamy got the Saints rolling in the first inning with a three-run homer that set the tone for the game. Burgamy finished with one hit in four trips with four RBI.
KEY PLAY: Down by five runs in the eighth, the Goldeyes faced a bases-loaded situation with no outs, needing to keep the Saints off the board to have a chance.
A sacrifice fly brought a run in for the Saints, and two errors later that was all she wrote.
FISH WRAP: Lucky for the Goldeyes, wild-card leaders the Gary SouthShore RailCats lost in extra innings to the Kansas City T-Bones. With both teams losing, the Goldeyes remain 11/2 games back of the lone wild-card spot with six games to go.
ON THE HOOK: The Goldeyes will play Game 2 of the four-game series against the Saints tonight at Shaw Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.