By Brendan Macgranachan and Scott Taylor’
August 12, 2013 (ISN) – A stellar start from Chris Salamida put the Winnipeg Goldeyes back in the win column. Salamida worked into the seventh inning as the Goldeyes completed a series win with a 4-2 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Sunday.
The game was shortened to a seven inning affair with Saturday’s suspended game being completed earlier in the afternoon. The Goldeyes dropped that game 2-1.
“They were two good baseball games,” said Goldeyes manager “(Champion) gave us all we could handle, but we got some solid at-bats and timely hitting. The pitching was good all day and Salamida gave us a great start.”
The Goldeyes started the scoring in the third inning. Fehlandt Lentini began the inning with a single and a stolen base. He would be driven in on a Tyler Graham single to give Winnipeg an early 1-0 lead.
They would add another run in the next inning when Ray Sadler hit an opposite field solo home run. It was Sadler’s team-leading 16th of the season and his sixth as a member of the Goldeyes.
Winnipeg would break it open in the fifth with a pair of runs. Amos Ramon started it off with an run scoring chopper that bounced past a drawn in Sioux Falls infield. Then, with the bases loaded, Sadler picked up another RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Ramon.
After putting two batters on in the seventh, Salamida was relieved by Patrick Keating with one out. Both runners would score on a Nick Van Stratten base hit but Keating stopped the Sioux Falls rally there and finished off a Goldeyes win.
Salamida improved to 3-0 on the season with the win. He struck out four Canaries. All three of Salamida’s wins in 2013 have come at home.
Adam Champion was tagged with the loss for Sioux Falls. He was responsible for all four runs, which he gave up on six hits and four walks.
The Goldeyes will travel to Sioux City on Monday as they begin a four-game series with the Explorers. Game time tomorrow is set for 7 p.m.
Canaries Pitchers Shut Down Fish
The Winnipeg Goldeyes couldn’t solve the mystery of four Sioux Falls Canaries pitchers and as result, the Fish lost Saturday night’s suspended game on Sunday afternoon.
The Goldeyes were held to one run on only three hits as the Fish fell 2-1 to the Canaries in a game that was completed on Sunday afternoon after the first 3 1/2 innings were played in the rain on Saturday night.
Sioux Falls had a 1-0 lead heading into Sunday afternoon after Nick Van Stratten singled home Anthony Trajano in the top of the third. The Canaries extended the lead to 2-0 when Stephen King scored on a Cory Morales single.
Winnipeg cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth when Luis Alen walked, went to second on a single by Fehlandt Lentini, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Graham and scored on a ground out by Amos Ramon.
But that was it. Kyle Vazquez, Jordan Whatcott, Chris Allen and Alan DeRatt combined to hold Winnipeg to only three singles and put a halt to the Goldeyes four-game winning streak.
Whatcott (1-6, 5.89 ERA) was the winning pitcher for the Canaries while Pete Gehle (4-6, 4.71 ERA) suffered the loss for Winnipeg. DeRatt (2.97 ERA) picked up his 18th save of the year.
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