THE Winnipeg Goldeyes couldn't hold the lead late in the game and have lost once again to the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
The RailCats wasted no time putting runs on the board. Left-fielder Adam Klein hit a triple in the first at-bat of the game and designated hitter Cristian Guerrero drove him in for the first run of the contest. Winnipeg's Amos Ramon evened the score at 1-1 after driving in Mike Coles, but the RailCats regained the lead in the second with a run to take a 2-1 lead.
The Goldeyes picked up their first lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Fish shortstop Josh Mazzola sent himself and teammate Casey Haerther on a trip around the bases with his two-run home run. The homer was Mazzola's sixth on the year and put the Goldeyes ahead 3-2.
However, the RailCats fought back with a run in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, and then scored two runs in the eighth inning to secure the 5-3 victory. The Goldeyes attempted a comeback in the ninth, putting runners on base, but a Luis Alen fly ball ended the game.
Matt Rusch started on the mound for the Goldeyes. After allowing a run in each of the first two innings, Rusch turned in a quality start, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, while striking out four. Reliever Chris Kissock took the loss.
Josh Mazzola was the main reason the Goldeyes could have potentially picked up the victory in this one. Mazzola finished the game with two hits, one run and two RBIs on the two-run homer that gave the Goldeyes the lead.
RailCats right-fielder Mike Massaro was lighting it up at all the appropriate times to help Gary secure the victory. He finished the game with two hits, a run scored and one RBI.
óó KEY PLAY
In the top of the eighth tied 3-3, Massaro secured the victory with his final at-bat. He drove the ball just inside the right-field foul line and stormed his way to third base for an RBI triple. He was then driven in for the insurance run and a 5-3 lead.
óó FISH WRAP
"We let that one slip away from us a little bit. Gary's been playing good baseball and they've been out-executing us in every aspect. We need to step it up a little bit. It's getting close to the halfway point of the season and if we want to stay in this race we need to pick it up a little bit," said Goldeyes second baseman Amos Ramon, about their second loss in a row to the RailCats.
óó ON THE HOOK
The Goldeyes will play the third in a four-game home series against the RailCats tonight at 7 p.m. After, the Fish will head out on a 10-game road trip through the Can-Am League.