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Fish save best for last
Surging Goldeyes win for fifth time this season in final at-bat
For the fifth time this season and second straight day, the Winnipeg Goldeyes won with their last at-bat.
David Narodowski, the only Canadian on the team, scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to lift the Goldeyes to a 3-2 win over the Amarillo Sox before a crowd of 6,017 at Shaw Park. The crowd consisted mostly of local school children who were able to attend the game due to the 11 a.m. start.
Winnipeg relief pitcher Chris Kaminski got his first win while Andrew Bowman, who threw two wild pitches to end the game, took the loss for Amarillo.
"I'm not sure that we've ever had this many (last at-bat victories) in one season, and to have that many early is certainly a good sign," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney, whose team played its third extra-inning game. "We certainly seem to enjoy playing for a full nine or 10 innings. We don't seem like we're in a hurry to get out of here, that's refreshing. To be honest, I see our at-bats are getting better as the game goes on."
The Goldeyes swept Amarillo for the second time this season. The Sox have lost seven games -- six of them to the Goldeyes. Winnipeg beat the Sox three straight in Amarillo to open the season.
The 9-3 Goldeyes meet the Gary SouthShore RailCats tonight at 7 p.m. with southpaw Fabian Williamson (0-2, 8.31) expected to get the start, while righty Kyle Wilson (0-1, 3.86) is expected to go for Gary. The second and third games against Gary will be Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Five other Goldeyes wins this young season were of the come-from-behind variety.
"We give ourselves a chance every day. That's certainly refreshing to watch and our pitching is key to our team right now," said Forney.
"As our starters seem to settle in they're giving us some quality starts, getting deeper into games and giving us a chance to play even for the first couple innings instead of playing from behind like we did the first road trip. The bullpen's fantastic again, we're getting contributions from everybody. Narodowski stepped up today and did a fantastic job."
Narodowski got his first start at shortstop on Thursday as Price Kendall took over at designated hitter.
"(Forney) came up to me this morning and said 'take advantage of this opportunity' and I tried to get as ready as I could," said Narodowski who went 2-for-4, including a critical one-out double in the 10th.
He scored on consecutive wild heaves by Bowman.
Third baseman Amos Ramon led the Goldeyes with three hits, including a double and a run scored. Yurendell de Caster, who moved from first to second in Thursday's game, had a sac fly to score Chris Roberson for Winnipeg's second run in the sixth.
Amarillo counted its first run in the seventh on an RBI single by shortstop Jason White.
The Sox tied the game 2-2 on an eighth-inning solo home run by third baseman Van Pope off Goldeyes reliever Kaohi Downing.
"This team, we find a way to win ball games and that's what good teams do. We find a way to win ball games and just grind it out," said Ramon, noting he felt better at the plate on Thursday than in recent games. "Me and Tommy (hitting coach Vaeth) have been working a lot in the cages trying to get me just to relax more. I want to do really well here."
Ramon is now a full-time resident of Winnipeg.
Fish starter Matt Rusch went six scoreless innings and struck out six. He also picked off runners at first for key outs in the second and third innings.
"Lou (Goldeyes catcher Luis Alen) called a (heck of a) game back there, a lot of credit goes to him," Rusch said. "We never get down on ourselves and even though they battled back and they tied the ball game, everyone still had confidence. That's something not many teams have."
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2012 C6