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Fading Fish watch lead evaporate in North Division

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Winnipeg's Tyler Kuhn grounds out to first base in the first inning of Wednesday night's Game 1. His teammates didn't fare much better.

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Winnipeg's Tyler Kuhn grounds out to first base in the first inning of Wednesday night's Game 1. His teammates didn't fare much better. Photo Store

The Winnipeg Goldeyes dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the rival St. Paul Saints -- 5-2 and 4-0 -- on Wednesday night at Shaw Park.

Through two seven-inning games and five hours of baseball, the Fish (36-22) offence was stalled by an impressive performance on the mound from the Saints (32-25) and capped off with a complete game shutout from St. Paul starter Jeff Shields in Game 2.

The Saints, winners of four straight and eight of their last 10, moved to within 3/12 games of the North Division-leading Goldeyes.

Winnipeg, meanwhile, lost its third straight and eighth in its last 10 games.

The Fish could only manage 10 hits in two games.

Game 1 saw the Fish struggle on defence early. In the second inning, Tyler Kuhn mishandled a ground ball to allow a runner on first base. On the next play, starter Nick Hernandez bobbled and dropped a short pop-up while on the run, but back-to-back groundouts would get the Fish out of the early jam.

Eager to put those mistakes in the past, Donnie Webb led off the top of the second with a single to right field and immediately stole second base. The next batter, Reggie Abercrombie, would bring him home with a double, and moments later, advanced to third base on balk from the Saints pitcher. Two batters later, Kuhn cracked a sacrifice fly to bring in Abercrombie and put the Fish up 2-0.

That would be it for the Fish offence in Game 1. With score 2-1 in the fifth inning, a struggling Hernandez gave up a leadoff walk to the Jared McDonald, a runner who would tie the game, because the next batter slugged a double over the head of centre-fielder Abercrombie.

Hernandez's night would come to an end in the sixth inning after giving up back-to-back singles. With Hernandez out, Saints catcher Jake Taylor launched a three-run home run to seal the 5-2 win for the Saints. The Fish were only able to combine for five hits in the game.

Winnipeg's scoring woes continued in Game 2.

Red-hot McDonald started things off for his St. Paul with a single to left field in the third inning. McDonald managed to steal second -- one of three stolen bases for the Saints in the game -- and later advance to third after a wild pitch by Gabe Aguilar. The Saints would take advantage of the error and slap another single to left field to take a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Saints added another run and then two more in the sixth to send a frustrated crowd home early.

 

On the mound

Rookie pitcher Nick Hernandez might have had his most disappointing performance of the season. The 6-4 lefty -- one of the strikeout leaders in the American Association -- had trouble finding the strike zone through six inning of work. Hernandez tallied only two Ks while walking three batters, lowering his record to 5-2.

In Game 2, the Fish turned to their bullpen, which included Aguilar and Taylor Sewitt, a combination that saw the Fish toss the first no-hitter in franchise history earlier this season. Aguilar pitched 3 1/3 innings while Sewitt hurled 1 2/3 innings.

 

Up next

The Goldeyes meet the Saints again today at noon for the final game of the series.

kyle.edwards@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 17, 2014 D4

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