Goldeyes Rally to Complete Sweep of Railroaders
CLEBURNE, TX – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (11-14) defeated the Cleburne Railroaders 7-4 at The Depot at Cleburne Station Thursday evening, sweeping the three-game series. The Goldeyes have now won six of their last eight games.
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The Railroaders (11-16) jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead on run-scoring singles by Noah Vaughan and Zach Nehrir and an RBI double off the bat of Hunter Clanin. An unassisted double play turned by Wes Darvill ended the inning and kept the Goldeyes in the ballgame.
Winnipeg got on the board in the top of the third inning when Darvill scored on a fielding error before Max Murphy hit a two-out double to right-centre field to drive in Tyler Hill and cut Cleburne’s lead to 3-2.
The Goldeyes suddenly evened the score then took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning when Kevin Lachance and Darvill hit back-to-back home runs with two out.
Kyle Martin led off the sixth inning with a towering home run down the right field line to make the score 5-3 Winnipeg. It was Martin’s team-leading eighth circuit shot of the season.
The Railroaders trimmed the margin to one run in the bottom of the inning when Nehrir scored on a Tyler Ryan sacrifice fly to centre field.
Martin provided the Goldeyes with some insurance in the top of the ninth inning when he hit a two-run single to right-centre field to cash in Hill and Darren Seferina and round out the scoring. Martin’s three RBIs on the evening give him 22 on the campaign, also a team high.
Pete Perez (1-0) earned the win for the Goldeyes, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. Garrett Alexander (2-4) worked six innings in a losing effort for Cleburne. Jose Jose recorded his second save of the season after retiring the Railroaders in order in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Winnipeg now travels to Kansas City, Kansas for a three-game weekend series with the Kansas City Monarchs, winners of eight consecutive games. The Goldeyes will send Joey Gonzalez (1-2, 6.83) to the mound for Friday’s contest, which gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Jake Matthys (2-0, 5.65) will start for Kansas City. All the action can be heard locally on CJNU 93.7 FM and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca.
The Goldeyes will continue to monitor the reopening of the Canada/U.S. border and assess a potential return to Shaw Park in 2021.
In the coming weeks, Winnipeg Goldeyes staff will contact ticket holders with more information and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.