Author: Ardin Masson
After winning three in a row the Winnipeg Goldeyes have now dropped their last two games in Northern League baseball.
Last night on the road to face the Joliet Jackhammers in the final meeting of a three game set, the Fish were edged 4-3 in 10 innings. Winnipeg scored a single in the second inning and tied the game in the sixth when catcher Aaron Mendoza hit a two-run home run off Joliet starter Kevin Cheppenko to tie the game at 3-3. Cheppenko put in seven innings of work and allowed three runs on seven hits in getting a no-decision.
The Jackhammers got the winning run on an RBI single from infielder John Lackaff giving Joliet's Derrick Ellison his first win of the year. Josh Kite suffered the loss on the mound for Winnipeg and he sits at 0-1 for the season.
Goldeyes Coach, Steve Maddock, says it wasn't the pitching that cost his club the game last night, but rather he feels they had opportunities to execute with the bats and just couldn't get it done. Adding to that Maddock gives credit to the Joliet arms, as he thinks they did an outstanding job shutting down the Goldeye offence.
With a 15-12 record, Winnipeg will next play tomorrow night at home versus Calgary.