STORM clouds swirled around the city, but at Shaw Park the skies stayed mostly clear and the Fish calm, plugging through a few futile innings to take a win and a series.
It was a decisive but deliberate victory in the middle of the soggy day: There was no one set of fireworks on the field, no one game-busting play. Instead, the Fish rode a fine performance by starting pitcher Edgar Osuna, then broke out late to soar above the Canaries and get back to .500 (31-31) on the season.
- All sorts of Fish hitters delivered solid games, but catcher Luis Alen was an anchor at the bottom of the order, first knocking out a single (though he'd be left stranded on base), then two consecutive RBI base hits in his next two appearances at the plate.
- In his first regular season game at Shaw Park, Osuna -- who was released from training camp with a shoulder injury, but hopped back on the Goldeyes tour bus earlier this month -- silenced the Canaries' swings. He allowed only three hits and one run in just over six innings and struck out four batters.
The score was tied at uno in the bottom of the sixth, when Casey Haerther singled to get on base then rolled up to the second bag after a wild pitch. That put him close enough to home to score when veteran outfielder Fehlandt Lentini hit a single deep into right field, putting the Fish up 2-1. They'd add a bunch more tallies, but that was all they needed to win, as Osuna and relievers Chris Kissock and Brendan Lafferty combined to shoot the Canaries down.
The Goldeyes left the game with a few extra bruises -- not once, but thrice was a Fish batter hit by a pitch, with Mazzola and Amos Ramon both getting dinged by Canaries pitcher Ben Moore in the fourth inning alone. Meanwhile, fan-fave Ramon thwacked out the 400th hit of his career with an eighth-inning single.
Ryan Scoma finished off a fabulous series with eight hits in 11 at-bats, but tipped his hat to a team that scored by committee Thursday afternoon. "I think that's how this lineup is," the Californian said. "We have so many good hitters from top to bottom, I think sometimes we just don't catch fire, but I think we're capable of doing that on a consistent basis. Sometimes it's just there; you get those clutch hits and it gets everybody going, and everybody gets fired up in the dugout."
ON THE HOOK
The Goldeyes continue their 11-game homestand at 7 p.m. today when the CanAm League's Trois-Rivieres Aigles come to town for the first of four.