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Goldeyes catcher Luis Allen is about to be late with the tag Wednesday night. The visiting St. Paul Saints crossed the dish 11 times.

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Goldeyes catcher Luis Allen is about to be late with the tag Wednesday night. The visiting St. Paul Saints crossed the dish 11 times. Photo Store

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.

kyle.jahns@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 28, 2013 D2

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