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Goldeyes boot back end of Joliet doubleheader
Fielding mishaps end 8-game winning streak
IT took the better part of two weeks, but someone figured out a way to beat the red-hot Winnipeg Goldeyes.And it turned out to be themselves as the Fish saw their eight-game winning streak go up in a blaze of errors in Joliet Sunday afternoon.
"We'd been playing baseball the right way all through this streak," Forney said Sunday night. "We'd been minimizing our mistakes.
"And today we lost a ball game because we beat ourselves. We finally lost a game due to our mistakes. But no complaints here.
"If we're going to drop one out of every 10 games because we beat ourselves with a defensive breakdown, then I'm sure I could handle that."
Forney made the comments after the Joliet Jackhammers hung a 2-0 defeat on the Fish in what was the second game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader. The Goldeyes won the first game 3-0 behind a complete game by right-hander Ace Walker, but then came unravelled in the field in the second game, spoiling an otherwise solid outing by starter Zach Baldwin with three errors that led to both of Joliet's runs.
The Fish put up two of those errors in the second inning with lapses on the corners by first baseman Cody Ehlers and third baseman Brent Metheny leading to the Joliet runs.
"Joliet never hit a ball out of the infield that inning," Forney said, "and still got two runs. And sure enough, we wound up losing 2-0."
Baldwin, who normally works out of the bullpen, got the spot start because of the doubleheader and was exceptional, throwing just 62 pitches and giving up just three hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
"It was just a spot start but he did a fantastic job for us," Forney said. "He gave us a chance to win and that's all you can ask."
While Forney was disappointed in the result of the second game, he sounded almost relieved the inevitable had finally come.
"I didn't think we'd go 71-6 or whatever," Forney laughed. "And I figure we'll probably lose a few more times between now and Aug. 31.
"It was a good day for us overall, we just made too many mistakes defensively in the second game and didn't get enough hits to overcome our mistakes."
Another streak also came to an end in the second half of the doubleheader -- Goldeyes DH Juan Diaz went 0-for-3 to see his league-leading 11-game hit streak snapped.
The Goldeyes finish up in Joliet this evening, before moving on to face the Fargo RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field in a three-game series beginning Tuesday.
The Hawks swept the Kansas City T-Bones over the weekend and have a rare day off today as they wait on the Goldeyes.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 15, 2009 C4
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