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Goldeyes slam door on wretched sweep
Three losses in Fargo tough to take, but life goes on
It helps to have a short memory when you play for the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
The Goldeyes were swept in a three-game set by the North Division-leading Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks over the August long weekend.
While the games left a bitter taste in outfielder Tyler Graham's mouth, all he can do is look forward to their home series against the Sioux City Explorers, which started Tuesday night.
"We're just strictly looking ahead to these next games. We can't control anything in the past that's happened or anything in the future for that matter," Graham said prior to last night's game in which the Fish beat Sioux City 3-1. "We're just looking forward to taking care of this first one, gaining some momentum and have a successful home series."
The series in Fargo started with some optimism. The Fish led 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth and were three outs from picking up their first regular-season victory over the RedHawks. However, two errors by Josh Mazzola and Kevin Moesquit led to a Fargo grand slam and a 6-3 loss.
It only got worse from there. The Goldeyes dropped 12-5 and 10-2 decisions in games where pitching was spotty at best and the bats went cold. The Fish collected only 16 hits through three games -- nine of them coming in Game 1.
"We had a real tough loss that first game. We had the game going into the bottom of the ninth and we made a few mistakes, but that happens in baseball," Graham said. "Then we just let the other two games get out of hand early and never got any momentum to get back into the game. It's a good one to forget and we're just looking forward to getting back out there again."
While the majority of the road trip is something the Goldeyes wish to put in the past, Graham did help his team set a franchise record. In the second inning of their first game with Fargo, Graham stole two bases while Mazzola, Moesquit and Amos Ramon stole one apiece for five total -- the most in a single inning.
The Goldeyes had a much anticipated day off Monday and Graham used the opportunity to hit the links with fellow teammates Ryan Scoma, Jordan Guida and Fehlandt Lentini.
"It's nice to get the rest any time you get a day off. We all try and take full advantage of it because there aren't too many of them during the season. It was a much needed day off, especially after that series against Fargo. Hopefully we're all rested and ready to go," Graham said.
Now, Graham is back in business and continuing his role as the lead-off batter. He knows his batting can have a great impact on whether the team ends up with a win or loss.
"Any time I can get on early in the game to get things going it's a huge help to the team. Hitting is contagious, so any time the guys at the top of the order can get things going it will lead to confidence at the back end of the order and it just continues from there," he said. "It's big for us at the start of the order to get things off to a good start."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 7, 2013 D4
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