A grand-slam home run by Yurendell de Caster in the fourth inning set the table for an 11-3 win and a fourth straight victory by the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Tuesday at Shaw Park.
De Caster, who bats cleanup, and the top three in Winnipeg's batting order were hotter than the sizzling 31 C temperature as they accounted for eight runs in front of 5,816 fans.
Winnipeg (30-20), which swept Sioux Falls (25-25) in the four-game series, marked the halfway point of 50 games played with 16 hits which is the second-highest this season. Starting rookie pitcher Rich Hawkins (3-1) got the win. Sioux Falls is on a six-game losing skid.
Beginning Thursday, the Goldeyes will host the St. Paul Saints for a four-game set to close out the 12-game homestand. Winnipeg is 4-4 so far.
"We're doing pretty good, 30 wins is a great first half. I would take that all day long. I wasn't sure that would be realistic based on our schedule," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. "Once we got halfway through that first half, having some injuries and defections, 30 wins seemed like it might be a bit of a stretch."
Sioux Falls started things off in the top of the first inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by right-fielder Cristian Guerrero.
After de Caster's dinger, Dan Barbero's RBI single lifted Winnipeg to a 9-2 lead after four innings. A two-run home run by Mazzola in the sixth put the Goldeyes up 11-2. The Pheasants scored one in the ninth.
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