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Early fireworks wound up being all for naught for the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Saturday evening.

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Early fireworks wound up being all for naught for the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Saturday evening.

The Fish continued a four-game series against the visiting Gary SouthShore RailCats with 3,018 in attendance at Shaw Park. The clubs got off to a blistering start, tallying 10 runs in the first two innings, but stalled the rest of the way, as the Goldeyes dropped a second consecutive game, falling 6-4.

The first inning featured seven runs, as the RailCats jumped on starting pitcher Luis Ramirez, with the first five batters reaching base and scoring, four runs.

WINNIPEG GOLDEYES PHOTO Goldeyes starter Luis Ramirez (6-3) had a tough first inning, giving up four runs, but went six frames with 10 strikeouts.

The Fish would answer with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Three of the first four batters reached base before a three-run double, courtesy of shortstop Raul Navarro, drew the home team within one run.

Navarro was the bright spot for the Goldeyes in this one, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and making a couple of dandy plays with the mitt.

“The key for today was to prepare on the pitcher that was coming. (I) already knew him, so (I) prepared myself well and put everything else in God’s hands,” Navarro said in Spanish.

“We just gotta gel better and try to figure out the little details so we can add a bigger part. Right now we’re focused on doing too much instead of doing the little parts,” he said, referring to his teammates being confident in each other.

Navarro now owns a .304 batting average and 25 RBI on the season.

“Yeah, Navarro is pretty good,” Goldeyes hitting coach Amos Ramon said jokingly. “He’s been doing well … and Navarro is going to compete every day. He does what he needs to do.”

After the RailCats’ lead swelled to three runs entering the bottom of the second, Goldeyes second-baseman Kevin Lachance scorched a leadoff single before stealing second base. Three batters later, third-baseman Ian Sagdal drove in Lachance for what would be the club’s last run of the game.

The pitchers, especially Ramirez, would settle in as the game went on. After walking two batters in the first inning, the Goldeyes’ starter didn’t walk another batter the rest of the game, recording 10 strikeouts on 115 pitches in six innings of work.

“Luis is usually better to start the games,” Ramon said. “Things just kind of just went sour fast for him, but the good thing about Luis is he’s able to command and stay in the ball games like he did. He gave us a real good chance.

“He kept us in the game. That’s all we can ask for. But I think we’re right where we need to be, for sure.”

WINNIPEG GOLDEYES PHOTO Winnipeg’s Reggie Pruitt Jr. runs the bases.

The fifth inning offered some drama, as RailCats outfielder LG Castillo got tossed from the game after arguing a strike-three call with home plate umpire Marty Bauer.

The Goldeyes’ best chance at evening the game came in the bottom of the sixth with two runners aboard, when second-baseman Lachance turned on a breaking pitch, launching the ball up the left-field line before it narrowly fell foul.

“We just didn’t capitalize on some chance that we had later in the ball game, but I think we did a really good job competing,” Ramon said.

The Fish (29-26) will try to end the series with a split this afternoon at Shaw Park.

jfreysam@freepress.mb.ca

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