THE Winnipeg Goldeyes continue to roll, taking the first of a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones 5-3 on Tuesday at Shaw Park.
It was the Goldeyes' (29-14) fifth straight win, coming off a four-game sweep of Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Starting pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth was excellent in improving to 2-0.
The T-Bones (22-22) looked to get the bats going early, with a leadoff double, a single to right and a sacrifice fly putting them up 1-0.
After a 15-1 romp over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks one day earlier, the Fish picked up where they left off, with back-to-back singles from Tyler Kuhn and Josh Mazzola. Casey Haerther would come up and slap a single to right field to score Kuhn. A couple of hits later, Mazzola scored on a blooper to left and the Fish had the lead.
In the fourth, Haerther, the hottest player in the American Association of Professional Baseball, hit a solo bomb to put the fish up 3-1. He finished the game two-for-four with two RBI. Tyler Kuhn, who had an excellent series against the RedHawks, went one-for-five.
In the fifth, Hollingsworth ran into trouble, putting runners on first and second. He was able to get out No. 1 with a pop-up in foul territory. The next batter sent a grounder up the middle, snagged by second baseman Brock Bond who dished to shortstop Kuhn, who fired to first for the double play to get out of the inning.
The Fish added insurance in the sixth as Reggie Abercrombie sent a solo home run over the right-field wall that barely missed foul pole. The T-Bones made a push in the seventh, scoring two and ending Hollingsworth's night. Reliever Taylor Sewitt came in to get the Fish out of a bases-loaded jam.
ON THE MOUND
Starting pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth had a solid night, hurling 6 1/3 innings, striking out two and giving up two hits. It was just his third start of the year and he improved to 2-0. The American Association rookie spent last season with the Altoona Curve, a Pittsburgh Pirates' AA affiliate.
Chris Kissock came in to close things out in the ninth for the Fish. He walked the first batter, but got the next hitter to gorund into a double play. Kissock struck out the next batter, earning the save and securing the win for Winnipeg.
The Goldeyes and T-Bones meet again tonight for Game 2 at Shaw Park, 7 p.m.
-- Kyle Edwards