Goldeyes Claim North Division Title With Doubleheader Sweep Of Canaries
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Goldeyes (58-33) have caused the Sioux Falls Canaries (30-61) fits all season and continued their success against the Birds, shutting them out 2-0 to sweep Friday's doubleheader.
Kye Winter (1-3) pitched well for the Canaries, but was outshone by Nick Hernandez (11-2) of Winnipeg who threw his second shutout of the season en route to his 11th victory. The Canaries have lost 10 of their 13 contests to the Goldeyes in 2014.
The game started in almost identical fashion as Friday's opening game with Steve Tinoco and Brandon Jones both reaching on base hits to start the 1st. However, Hernandez was able to strand both runners and was quickly handed a lead by his offense in the bottom half of the frame. Tyler Kuhn plated home the first run for Winnipeg with his double and Casey Haerther rove in a secon run with his RBI groundout and the Goldeyes led 2-0 after one inning.
It was all pitching the rest of the way with neither side getting on the scoreboard again. Hernandez finished his outing allowing just five hits while striking out four and walking just one. Winter went five innings in defeat, surrendering just four hits and collecting three strikeouts against just a single walk.
Joe Testa relieved Winter to throw a scoreless 6th inning for the Canaries who will have a rested bullpen for the remainder of the series thanks to Winter's and Matt Wickswat's deep outings on Friday.
Tinoco had two hits in the nightcap and also had a pair of base hits in the early game. AJ Kirby-Jones hit his 22nd homerun in game one for the Canaries.
Kuhn led the Goldeyes offensively with a homerun and two RBI in game one and his RBI double in the second game.
GAME ONE: GOLDEYES 6, CANARIES 3
Despite scoring a pair of runs in the 1st inning, the Canaries (30-60) were unable to sustain that momentum and dropped the first game in their doubleheader north of the border Friday evening by a score of 6-3.
Steve Tinoco singled to start the game for the Birds and Brandon Jones followed with a double. AJ Kirby-Jones then hit a deep groundball to score Tinoco and Jones came around on Chris Duffy's RBI single.
Matt Wickswat took the mound armed with a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the 1st but was not sharp. Reggie Abercrombie, Donnie Webb and Josh Mazzola delivered RBI singles in succession and Winnipeg held a 3-2 edge by the end of the frame.
Tyler Kuhn and Abercrombie each drove in another run in the 2nd and Winnipeg's lead jumped to 5-2.
The Goldeyes' surge was briefly interrupted by AJ Kirby-Jones's solo blast in the 3rd, his 22nd of the season, but Winnipeg squashed the Canary rally when Kuhn hit a homerun of his own in the 4th to make it 6-3 in favor of the Goldeyes.
Wickswat was able to go the distance in defeat, allowing six runs on nine hits in six innings of work while walking three and striking out just one. The lefty fell to 3-8 with the loss.
Ryan Bollinger (2-0) earned his second win over the Canaries in a week, going five innings and allowing the three runs. The trio of Taylor Sewitt, Gabe Aguilar and Chris Kissock shut down the Canaries over the final two innings with Kissock earning his 16th save.
Tinoco finished with two hits for the Canaries and Kirby-Jones drove in two runs. Kuhn and Abercrombie each drove in a pair of runs for the Goldeyes.
The series continues Saturday evening with first pitch at 6:00 PM.
Courtesy: Sioux Falls Canaries