Author: Ardin Masson
The Winnipeg Goldeyes improved their record to 16-13 last night with a 6-2 win over the Calgary Vipers in front of a home crowd.
Tony Evans registered his first victory of the year, while Mike Wagner pitched over three innings of shutout relief for his first save. Danny Prata absorbed the loss for Calgary.
The Fish opened the scoring in the first inning when third baseman Sean Walsh hit a solo shot for his 3rd homerun of the season. Keith Maxwell made it 2-0 when he took a Prata changeup deep with a one-armed swing of the bat, marking his second round tripper of the year.
Of Maxwell, Goldeyes Coach, Steve Maddock, says the infielder possesses a great deal of power and when he's on his game he's a force to be reckoned with adding, the hard hitting Maxwell started finding his groove last series in Joliet.
Later in the fourth Walsh was at first following a walk, and Winnipeg outfielder Jimmy Hurst hit his seventh home run of the year to make it 4-0 and end the night for Prata. It didn't seem to make much difference as the home team added two more in the seventh inning.
The victory marked Winnipeg's 12th win of the year at home. Maddock says the club has enjoyed success in Winnipeg thanks largely in part to the fans who provide an outstanding an environment to compete in. With that, he notes he would like to see their luke-warm effort on the road improve.
The series continues tonight with a double header. Winnipeg and Calgary will meet in two seven-inning games, beginning at 6:00 o'clock.