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Goldeyes pound Saltdogs in doubleheader

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Winnipeg's Tyler Graham is tagged out at third by Lincoln's Curt Smith during the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Shaw Park.

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Winnipeg's Tyler Graham is tagged out at third by Lincoln's Curt Smith during the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Shaw Park. Photo Store

The Goldeyes fired on all cylinders for both games of a doubleheader against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Sharp pitching kept the Saltdogs off the board, and hot bats kept the Fish consistently coming into home.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes took charge of game one in the third inning and did not relent. Casey Haerther hit his ninth home run of the season for a three run lead. Josh Mazzola was next up at bat and hit a home run of his own. After putting the Saltdogs three up and down in the top of the fourth, Ray Sadler hit his 15th home run of the season for a 5-0 lead. The Goldeyes tacked another 3 runs in the fifth to secure the 8-0 win finishing with eight runs on 14 hits.

The Saltdogs led 1-0 in the first inning of Game 2 after second baseman David Espinosa hit the first of his two solo home runs off newest Goldeyes pitcher Matt Jackson, but the Goldeyes took a 3-1 lead in the third off Amos Ramon's two-run home run. The Goldeyes had a stellar fifth inning, scoring nine runs off 11 hits on their way to a 12-2 win.

GAME BREAKERS

Goldeyes pitcher Edgar Osuna helped out his bullpen by pitching all seven innings of Game 1. He made it difficult for the Saltdogs to even get into the game, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out eight batters. Osuna lowered his ERA to 1.46 in the process.

In a game where nearly all of the Goldeyes were strong at bat, Ramon was the most consistent in Game 2, going four for four at the plate with a two-run homer.

KEY PLAYS

A string of plays in the fifth inning of Game 1 helped secure the Goldeyes' victory. After taking a 5-0 lead, Osuna set the Saltdogs down with three strikeouts in a row. The effort kept the Saltdogs off the board and allowed the Goldeyes to add to their lead later in the game.

It's hard to say which play gave the Goldeyes the edge in Game 2. But it was definitely locked away in the fifth inning when Goldeyes catcher Luis Alen hit a three-run home run for a 10-2 lead. For extra insurance, Kevin Moesquit hit his first home run as a Goldeye on the very next pitch.

FISH WRAP

The Fish put together not one, but two games with back-to-back home runs. This was the third and fourth time they have done that this season. The Goldeyes broke a season record for most runs in an inning, with nine in the fifth inning of Game 2. They also tied a franchise record in the same inning for the most hits, with 11.

ON THE HOOK

The Goldeyes will continue their series against the Saltdogs tonight at Shaw Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 31, 2013 D4

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