Goldeyes roll through Sioux City, keep pace in wild card race

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Winnipeg Goldeyes

Written by Scott Taylor

August 17, 2013, Sioux City (ISN) – Thanks to lefty Chris Salamida, the Winnipeg Goldeyes have won another series. In Game 2 of a doubleheader (of sorts) in front of 1,390 in Sioux City, Iowa, on Thursday night, Salamida tossed a brilliant three-hit shutout with no walks and six strikeouts to lead the Goldeyes to a 1-0 victory over the Sioux City Explorers.

With the win, the Goldeyes won the four-game series in Sioux City, three-games-to-one and will return home to play a three-game weekend series against the Kansas City T-Bones with a record of 45-38. As well, with a rainout between Gary and Wichita, the Goldeyes remained 2 1/2 games back of Gary in the wild card hunt.

In the first game on Thursday – the completion of a game suspended by rain on Wednesday night — the Explorers expanded on a 5-4 pre-rainout lead and whipped the Goldeyes 9-4.

“We came out flat in the first game and it carried over a little to the second game,” said pitching coach Jamie Vermilyea. “Fortunately we had Salamida, who threw a three-hit shutout. He was great tonight.”

After three straight victories, the Goldeyes were stopped in their tracks in the suspended game (Game 1) on Thursday, but because of Salamida’s brilliance, the Fish took the nightcap and won their eighth series in the last nine. The Goldeyes went 8-2 against Sioux City this season.

In Game 2 on Thursday, the Goldeyes scored their only run off Sioux City starter Preston Olsen in the third. Luis Alen singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Moesquit, moved over to third on a single by Fehlandt Lentini and scored on a sacrifice fly by Amos Ramon.

Salamida (4-0, 2.48 ERA) was the winning pitcher, while Olsen (1-5, 6.26 ERA) took the loss.

Yurendell de Caster went three-for-three and raised his batting average to .400 to lead the Goldeyes at the plate.

In Game 1, the Explorers scored two runs in the third, three in the fourth and two more in the fifth and then added two more eighth as they put a halt to the Goldeyes three-game winning streak.

The Goldeyes were held to just seven hits. Ryan Scoma had a two-run homer in three trips. Scoma is now hitting .364.

Reliever Chris Bodishbaugh (3-1, 1.86 ERA) was the winning pitcher for the Explorers while Pete Gehle (4-7, 5.01 ERA) suffered the loss for Winnipeg.

The Goldeyes returned home right after tonight’s second game and will open a three-game weekend series against the Kansas City T-Bones Friday night at Shaw Park. Matt Rusch (5-3, 4.26 ERA), on short rest, will get the start for the Goldeyes.

Tickets for all Goldeyes games are available through Ticketmaster by clicking on Ticketmaster.ca, calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the Shaw Park box office.

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