Goldeyes grind out 11-inning win over Capitales

Winnipeg Goldeyes

7/12/2013 11:50:56 PM

It might have one of the biggest wins of the season for the slumping Winnipeg Goldeyes.

A team that had lost a season-high five straight games came from behind with a Ray Sadler solo homer in the eighth to tie it and then ground out a 4:13 6-4 win in the 11th, as the Fish beat the Quebec Capitales on the road in Quebec City.

With the win, the Goldeyes improved to 25-26, but remained four and a half games back of first-place Fargo in the American Association's North Division.

"We handled the pitching really well tonight," said Goldeyes pitching coach Jamie Vemilyea on Paul Edmonds' TSN 1290 post-game show. "Matt (starter Rusch) gave us six pretty strong innings and we saved Downing for the ninth and the 10th and then (Patrick) Keating was ready to shut it down in the 11th. Our bullpen was able to keep us in it and our veterans got it done at the end. Ray Sadler put us on his back tonight. It was a big win for us."

The Goldeyes fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, but came back with a pair in the top of the second. Ryan Scoma doubled and then Casey Haerther singled him home. Haerther went to third on an error by the leftfielder and scored on a single by Josh Mazzola.

Winnipeg took a 3-2 lead in the third, as Ray Sadler hit his 12th homer of the season and second as a member of the Goldeyes, but Quebec took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on a two-run homer by Rene Leveret.

Sadler hit his second of the night, another solo blast, leading off the eighth and Winnipeg tied it.

No one scored again until the 11th. The Goldeyes had two out when Mike Coles singled, Sadler singled and Scoma walked to load the bases. Quebec pitcher Eduardo Nunez then walked Casey Haerther to send Coles home and walked Mazzola to drive in Sadler. That gave Winnipeg a 6-4 lead heading to the bottom of the 11th.

Closer Patrick Keating then came on in the bottom of the 11th to shut down the Capitales and preserve the Goldeyes first win since last Friday night.

Sadler was the hitting hero for the Goldeyes with three hits in six trips, two solo homers, three runs scored and two driven in. Mazzola went three-for-four with two RBI; and Scoma, who is now hitting .348, went two-for-three with three walks and a run scored.

Kaohi Downing (1-4, 2.95 ERA) got his first win of the season for the Goldeyes with 1 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, including getting out of a jam in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners on second and third. Keating (2.63 ERA) earned his ninth save. Nunez (0-1, 9.00 ERA) suffered the loss for Quebec.

The Goldeyes and Capitales play Game 3 of this four-game series on Saturday night at 5:05 p.m. CDT at Quebec Stadium. The game can be heard live on TSN 1290. Coverage begins with Around the Association at 3:30 p.m.