WINNIPEG, Manitoba 6-21-2010 – Willie Glen gave up just four singles in seven innings to earn a hard-earned win and to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Canwest Park Monday on the first night of a seven-game road trip.
Glen (3-2) only had two innings in which he retired the side in order and pitched frequently with runners on base, in part because of four walks. But Glen made every big pitch he had to and never let Winnipeg pick up a run-scoring hit by stranding eight runners on base. The only run that did score off Glen was unearned, as Aharon Eggleston singled to lead off the fifth, went to second on a passed ball and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Glen’s outing matched the right-hander’s longest of the year and saw the veteran log 120 pitches. Glen’s game also marked a brilliant rebound after his roughest outing of the year June 16 in Kansas City, when the T-Bones scored seven times in five innings. Glen’s final tally Monday night was 7.0 innings, four hits, an unearned run, four walks and five strikeouts.
Winnipeg starter Mark Holliman, who came in leading the league in strikeouts and fourth in ERA, had a night not unlike Glen’s, frequently dancing away from trouble spots to keep the game scoreless into the fifth. The RailCats took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Jeff Beachum’s ground ball went under the glove of Winnipeg shortstop Wes Long with two outs to score Mike Massaro from second base. Holliman just the unearned run on seven hits in 6.0 innings and did not factor in the decision.
Tanner Townsend made a winner out of Glen with his third home run of the year in the seventh, a rocket launched to left-center, served up by rookie Chad Benefield (0-1). Townsend’s home run was his third of the year and 42nd of his RailCats career, and was part of a 2-for-4 game for the Kentuckian, who also doubled.
The RailCats bullpen again closed out the win, with Aaron Cook allowing only a one-out single in the eighth and Jeff Williams retiring the side in order – including two on strikeouts – for his first Northern League save. Williams, who had 32 saves in the previous three seasons, was used as the RailCats closer with Andy Shipman unavailable after working each of the last two days.
The RailCats out-hit Winnipeg 9-5, with Massaro joining Townsend with two hits. Adam Klein went 1-for-3 but also walked twice in the win. All five of the Goldeyes hits were singles.
The RailCats (17-14) and Goldeyes (17-13) meet again Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with Chris Salamida (3-2, 3.26 ERA) starting Winnipeg against a to be announced RailCats hurler. The game, like every RailCats game again this season, will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and online at www.railcatsbaseball.com.
Notes: Beachum went 0-for-4 to see his consecutive games on base streak end at 15 … the RailCats improved to 10-0 when out-hitting their opponent … the RailCats are 3-1 this season against the Goldeyes, who are a half game ahead of the RailCats for third place in the league standings.