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Goldeyes come up short against Wingnuts

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The scoring got started in the fourth when the Fish's Donnie Webb singled and then immediately used his speed to steal second base a few pitches later. Then came a single by Tyler Kuhn to advance the runner to third and a sacrifice fly to the outfield from Casey Haerther brought Webb home for the 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Wingnuts put up the first of a pair of solo home runs on the evening, this one from outfielder Brent Clevlen to tie the game. Then in the sixth, shortstop Ryan Khoury went deep again for a solo homer to left field to put his team up 2-1.

All series long, the Fish have had no trouble getting on base--- they had seven hits in this game -- but rather they've struggled to score on quality opportunities. In the sixth, it felt like the night before when the Fish left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to lose by one.

It started with Brock Bond taking a free trip to first base on a walk and then, with one out, Kuhn singled to centre field. Next batter Haerther slapped a shot down the third-base line but it was gobbled up by the Wingnuts' third baseman, who managed to beat a sliding Bond to the bag for the forced out.

Then Reggie Abercrombie set things up for Josh Mazzola after he battled at the dish to force a walk and load the bases with two out. But Mazzola grounded out to the shortstop Khoury to come up empty-handed.

In the seventh, though, Jake Blackwood got it back for the Fish, launching a deep ball over centre field for a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2.

With two out in the top of the eighth, the Wingnuts were able to come through again when Jake Luce doubled to right field. Then Khoury picked up a walk over Fish starter Ethan Hollingsworth. Jake Kahaulelio followed with a bomb past centre fielder Abercrombie to score both runners to put the Wingnuts up 4-2.

The Fish made it interesting in the eighth with Kuhn and Haerther on second and first and no outs. Kuhn scored after a deep sacrifice fly from Mazzola to make it 4-3, but again they came up short.

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The Goldeyes will try to avoid being swept when they close out the series with the Wingnuts today at 1:30 p.m.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 10, 2014 B6

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