1The Fish came into the game having lost the first three games of the four-game series to the league-leading Wingnuts. But a great outing from starting pitcher Chris Salamida held the Winguts to only one run and five hits throughout the game, while the Fish racked up 12 hits.
Salamida made a statement early in the first inning when he struck out two of the Wingnuts' top hitters, Jake Kahaulelio and Brent Clevlen, who had come up huge throughout the series. Clevlen went hitless while Kahaulelio was able to reach base only once.
The Fish took the lead in the first inning when Brock Bond took his 50th free trip of the season. After the hot-hitting Jake Blackwood slapped a single to centre that advanced Bond to third, Tyler Kuhn hit a single to drive Bond home and put the Fish up 1-0.
The Wingnuts got it back in the third after shortstop Ryan Khoury walked and was brought home by Kahaulelio's lone hit of the game, a double to left field.
Other than Salamida, the biggest star of this game was the third baseman Blackwood, who went 3-for-4 at the plate. Blackwood singled again in the third and Casey Haerther reached on an error. The next batter, Reggie Abercrombi,e hit a shot to centre, deep enough to allow Blackwood to beat the throw, putting the Fish up 2-1. But
Blackwood also shone on defence. In the fifth, with runners on first and second and one out, he gobbled up a hard ground ball, stepped on third and fired to first baseman Haerther for the double play.
Luis Alen gave the Fish some breathing room when he crushed a two-run homer to left field in the sixth and the Fish added another run in the seventh to take it 5-1.
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Earlier this year manager Rick Forney said he wished he had whole pitching staff of Salamidas, and you can see why. The veteran hurler tossed a complete game, giving up only five hits for one run and striking out eight. The lefty picked up his third win in his last four starts to improve his season record to 6-3.
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The Goldeyes have the day off before welcoming the North Division's second-place St. Paul Saints on Tuesday for a three-game series.