Railroaders Pitching Shuts Down Goldeyes in Sweep
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (14-9) lost both ends of a double header to the Cleburne Railroaders at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon, falling 8-0 in game one and 5-2 in game two.
In the opener, Railroaders’ starting pitcher Jesus Sanchez (3-2) pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout. Sanchez walked none, struck out three, and threw 83 pitches. It was Sanchez’s first career shutout, and his first complete game since May of 2010 while pitching in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization.
The Railroaders scored four times in the top of the second. After Kenny Meimerstorf scored on a wild pitch, Angel Rosa drove in John Nester with a groundball to shortstop. Hunter Clanin followed with an RBI double, while KC Huth’s RBI single made it 4-0.
Clanin hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth, and the Railroaders closed out the scoring in game one with a two-out, two-run homer from Jonathan Rodriguez in the top of the fifth.
Ryan Johnson (1-1) started for the Goldeyes and took the loss, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in four innings. Johnson walked three and struck out four.
In the second game, the Railroaders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a controversial play. Meimerstorf singled to right with two outs. Nick Rotola was ruled safe at the plate on a throw from Willy Garcia. The call ultimately led to the ejection of Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Harrison Cooney four batters into the game.
Chase Simpson made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the top of the third. Rodriguez added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
The Goldeyes battled within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Josh Romanski doubled to right leading off. Willy Garcia lined a single to left, and Romanski scored on an error charged to Rotola. Dominic Ficociello then singled up the middle to plate Garcia who had taken second on the previous play. Railroaders’ game two starter Michael Gunn worked around a first and third situation with one out to escape further trouble.
Nester hit a two-out, RBI double in the top of the fifth to re-extend the lead to 4-2. Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh, his second of the double header, to provide the game’s final margin.
Gunn (2-0) picked up the win for Cleburne (12-11), allowing two earned runs on seven hits in five innings. Gunn walked none and struck out two.
Cooney (2-2) took the loss, allowing one earned run in two-thirds of an inning. Brandon Bingel and Victor Capellan each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
The Goldeyes open a three-game series on the road against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday night. First pitch from US Steel Yard is at 7:10 p.m. Parker French (1-0, 3.70) is Winnipeg’s projected starting pitcher. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Goldeyes return home on Tuesday, June 18th when they host the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park. Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park.
For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com.
By Steve Schuster