The Winnipeg Goldeyes got seven strong innings from starter Justin Garcia and hit three home runs on Friday en route to a 6-0 victory over the Can-Am League's Quebec Capitales in the opening game of this three-game interleague series.
"I thought I was balanced tonight," said Garcia. "My fastball was good and I was able to locate it."
After only collecting one hit in the game's first four innings, Casey Haerther led off the fifth with an infield single. He would end up on second base on the play after Quebec shortstop Jeff Helps throw to first was in the dirt. Two batters later, Fehlandt Lentini drilled one over the left field fence to give the Goldeyes a 2-0 lead.
The home run was Lentini's fifth of the season and the first one surrendered by Capitales starter Karl Gelinas all season.
Lentini helped add to the Goldeyes lead in the eighth. He led off the inning with a hustle double when the Capitales outfield was a bit lax getting the ball back to the infield. He would score to make it a three-run lead when Nick Liles laced a double down the third base line.
Two batters later, Tyler Graham drove himself and Liles in with his first home run as a Goldeye. The home run, coming in the midst of a downpour, put Winnipeg up 5-0. The next hitter, Amos Ramon, greeted Quebec reliever, and former Goldeye, Tim Griffin with a solo home run for the game's final run.
Rain delayed the start of the game by 33 minutes. The weather cooperated until the eighth, when heavy showers began to come down off and on, although the game never stopped.
Garcia earned the win to improve to 4-1 on the season. He went seven innings, marking the third straight start he has gone at least that long. He allowed only one hit, while walking four and striking out two. Brendan Lafferty and Patrick Keating pitched scoreless innings in their relief appearances.
Gelinas, who entered the game with a perfect 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA, took his first loss of the season. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits. He struck out four batters.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in the second of three games in this series.