Goldeyes drop first game of doubleheader to Saltdogs

Winnipeg Goldeyes

6/21/2013 10:44:52 PM

Once again, the Winnipeg Goldeyes just couldn't muster a timely hit. As a result, they lost Game 1 of a Friday night doubleheader.

In front of 5,984 spectators at Shaw Park, Lincoln Saltdogs left fielder Matt Forgatch came through with a sacrifice fly, driving home pinch runner Brad Payne with the winning run as the Saltdogs beat the Goldeyes 3-2 in Game 1.

The Goldeyes inability to cobble together a consistent offensive attack meant the team had to rely on starter Matt Rusch, who pitched well, but without much run support, he didn't pitch well enough.

Rusch gave up a run in the top of the first, but Winnipeg came back with two in the bottom of the first as Mike Coles doubled in his first at bat of the season and Josh Mazzola walked. Coles went to third on a bad throw by Lincoln catcher Sean O'Connell and scored on a single by Casey Haerther. Mazzola came around to score on a single by Fehlandt Lentini and that's all the offence the Goldeyes could produce.

Lincoln tied the game in the top of the second and then Forgatch's sac fly won it in the sixth.

Lincoln finished with three runs on seven hits while the Goldeyes had two runs on six hits. Winnipeg scored all of its runs and had half of its hits in the first inning.

Lincoln starter Moises Melendez (2-0) got the win while (Rusch (4-3) suffered the loss. The two teams will got at it again in Game 2 just before 9 p.m. in Winnipeg.