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Goldeyes reach 1,000 wins

Lentini slides home with winning run

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Goldeyes catcher Jodan Guida waits for the throw as the Capitales’ Jonathan Malo scores a run in the first inning. The Fish, trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth, scored two for the win.

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Goldeyes catcher Jodan Guida waits for the throw as the Capitales’ Jonathan Malo scores a run in the first inning. The Fish, trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth, scored two for the win. Photo Store

The Winnipeg Goldeyes secured a franchise benchmark during their interleague game with the Quebec Capitales on Sunday, taking a 4-3 triumph to reach 1,000 wins.

Goldeyes left-fielder Fehlandt Lentini was the top player of the three-game series. He had seven hits in 11 at-bats with a homer, four RBI and two runs scored.

Lentini scored the game-winning run Sunday, sliding into home plate in the bottom of the ninth at Shaw Park. Lentini didn't want to miss out on any opportunities in the last game of the series, especially at that stage of the contest.

'It's nice to watch winning baseball. You know what I mean? Because coming to the park and watching poor baseball is hard to adjust to and it wouldn't be a fun job'

-- Goldeyes manager Rick Forney

"It makes it easier for a player when you feel like you've done your job on the field. It's rough when we lose and you feel like you had some opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game. We're a team, but if the individuals do their job then the team has success. It's nice and I feel like I'm helping out," he said.

The 35 year-old (turning 36 in August) veteran finished the game with one steal and has now stolen 400 total bases in his career.

Goldeyes manager Rick Forney believes Lentini's play is quite good for a man of his age.

"Fehlandt's old in terms of what you see in this league, but he doesn't have that 36 year-old body or mentality. He still feels pretty good and moves pretty well," said Forney. "He's not quite the player he was five, six, seven years ago when he was here. He's not quite as dynamic as he was back then but he can still be a force to be reckoned with when he's on his hot streaks."

Forney has contributed to 387 of franchise's 1,000 victories as manager and 33 more as a pitcher.

"It's nice to watch winning baseball. You know what I mean? Because coming to the park and watching poor baseball is hard to adjust to and it wouldn't be a fun job. But it's nice to come to this park in this environment. It's nice that they put us in a place where it's easy to be successful and it's fun to be successful. I'm certainly thankful for that opportunity," said Forney.

Forney credits the success to the managers who came before him.

"I credit Hal Lanier and Doug Simunic for getting this thing started and teaching Winnipeg about winning baseball. I just happened to come in and ride those guys' coat tails. I kind of learned really fast," he said.

The Fish will look for win No. 1,001 today against the St. Paul Saints. They're in St. Paul for a three-game road trip to play a team they haven't played yet this year. Forney doesn't know what to expect, but he's comfortable enough with the team to look forward to the mini-trip.

"Hopefully we build some momentum, can play some good baseball down there and give them a good game," said Forney.

kyle.jahns@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 17, 2013 0

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