THE Winnipeg Goldeyes split the last two games of their series with the Sioux Falls Canaries in front of 6,008 fans at Shaw Park on Sunday. The split gives the Goldeyes their second series victory in a row. Saturday's game was continued into Sunday afternoon, followed by the regularly-scheduled game reduced to seven innings.
The Goldeyes were in a familiar position at the end of the first game. Down by a run and looking to complete their third come-from-behind victory in four games, Ryan Scoma led off the ninth inning with a single. However, three quick outs would sink the Fish and end their four-game winning streak. The Canaries scored a run on Saturday and added a run in the fifth on Sunday. The Goldeyes matched it in the bottom of the inning with an Amos Ramon RBI to make the final score 2-1.
The Fish scored four runs on seven hits to win the second game. Fehlandt Lentini was brought in by a Tyler Graham single in the third, Ray Sadler hit his sixth home run as a Goldeye in the fourth and two more runs were added in the fifth. The Canaries tried to fight back in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs, but it was too little too late as the Goldeyes clinched the series.
After blowing the save in Friday night's game, Canaries pitcher Alan DeRatt closed out the ninth inning of the first game, allowing one hit and no runs to secure the 2-1 victory.
Chris Salamida picked up his third win of the season on the mound, pitching 6 1/3 innings in the second game. Salamida kept the Canaries at bay, spreading four hits and giving up two runs. Patrick Keating came in for the save.
Game One's key moment happened Saturday night before the game was postponed. With not a lot of offence from either teams, Canaries outfielder Anthony Trajano hit the ball deep to right for a double. Nick Van Stratten drove him in on a single to score the only run on Saturday night.
Sadler had struggled through most of the series against the Canaries and hadn't picked up a hit until the fourth inning of the second game. Sadler launched an Adam Champion pitch deep into right field and way over the wall for a solo home run, putting the Fish up 2-0.
The split on Sunday puts the Goldeyes record at 42-37 on the season. Most importantly, the Goldeyes have been outstanding at Shaw Park, going 13-4 through their last two homestands.
ON THE HOOK
The Goldeyes head to Sioux City to take on the Explorers in a four-game series. The first game is tonight at 7:05 p.m.
-- Kyle Jahns