THE Goldeyes came out red hot, but burned out by the end of their final game of four-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. The fourth-straight loss means the Goldeyes were swept for a third time this season. At one point, the Goldeyes led by six runs, but would end up losing by one.
The Goldeyes bats lit up the field in the bottom of the first, going through eight of their nine batters in the lineup. After stealing third base, Tyler Graham was batted in by Mike Coles. Ray Sadler was brought in on a Josh Mazzola sacrifice fly and Ryan Scoma hit a two-run homer between left and centre field to bring himself and Casey Haerther in for a 4-0 lead.
The RailCats added a run in the fourth, but a three-run home run in the fifth by Josh Mazzola increased the Goldeyes' lead to 7-1.
But with their backs against the wall, the RailCats rallied. They matched Mazzola's three runs in the sixth inning to make the score 7-4. Then the Goldeyes and RailCats exchanged singles in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh. The RailCats evened the score at 8-8 after a strong eighth inning that included a two-run home run by Danny Pulfer.
Mark Hardy started on the mound and pitched five and two thirds innings allowing eight hits, four runs and struck out five. The Goldeyes had relief pitching from Chris Kissock, Brendan Lafferty and Patrick Keating who was charged with the loss.
Mazzola brought some much needed offence for the Goldeyes, most notably in the fifth inning when he launched a three-run home run to take a 7-1 lead. Mazzola finished with one run, one hit and four RBIs on four at bat attempts.
RailCats third baseman Brian Kolb got onto base in the final inning to score the go-ahead run. He was flawless at the plate going five-for-five hitting two singles, two doubles and a triple. Kolb had three runs and two RBI.
In the top of the ninth inning Kolb hit a fair ball deep down the first-base foul line and let it roll deep into the corner of right field. The hit allowed Kolb to get all the way to third base and allowed him to score the winning run on a Pulfer sacrifice fly. The Goldeyes attempted to come back in the bottom of the inning but the game finished on a double play.
ON THE HOOK
The Goldeyes head out on a 10 game Can-Am League tour. They start with a four game series against the Quebec Capitales on July 11. After they will play two three-game series against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles and the Rockland Boulders.