Top of Goldeyes batting order producing

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Goldeyes manager Rick Forney has been pleased with how the top of his lineup is gelling.
Winnipeg’s 11-2 win over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Tuesday marked the third time in four games the Goldeyes have scored at least nine runs.
Left fielder and three-hole hitter James Harris showcased his diverse skill set with two hits, two walks, two RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored.
“His walks are higher than his strikeouts,” Forney said on Harris, who entered play Wednesday with 35 walks against only 31 strikeouts. “We’re just trying to find guys with really good on-base percentages and batting averages, and put them at the top of the order.”
With a .391 on-base percentage, Harris now ranks in the American Association’s top-20, as does Wes Darvill who has settled into the two-hole with a .392 mark.
Leadoff man Tyler Hill joined the Goldeyes midway through the season and is still short of qualifying for the league’s rate statistics. His .485 on-base percentage would lead the circuit.
The trio also has combined for 29 stolen bases, and the Goldeyes went into play Wednesday tied for second in the league in that category.
“We’ve got to do stuff with our legs,” Forney said. “We’re stealing some bags, and I think we’re doing a much better job going first to third.”
The Goldeyes recently completed a stretch of 20 consecutive games without a day off in which they were 8-12. The Fish are still within 5.5 games of a potential postseason berth, and have 14 games remaining on their schedule with division rivals Fargo-Moorhead and St. Paul.
“We just kind of hit a tough stretch,” said Forney. “When you’ve got some injuries to deal with and you’re trying to piece things together, it’s not really a great time to have 20 straight. The schedule is what it is, and we have to continue to play through it.”
Forney is hoping the recent offensive surge can help the club move up the standings. The Goldeyes have 44 games remaining including tonight.
“We do have time,” said Forney. “But with that being said, we’ve got to play with a sense of urgency to try to start making up some ground. We’re not in a position where we can go 4-6 or 5-5 anymore. We’ve got to start having some 6-4 and some 7-3 10-day stretches if we’re going to get ourselves back into it.”
SUNDAY SCARE
Goldeyes starting pitcher Mitchell Lambson earned his sixth win of the year on Tuesday, and lowered his ERA to 2.93.
While sitting in the dugout Sunday at St. Paul, the left-hander was struck above the right eye by a foul ball.
Lambson and the Goldeyes breathed a sigh of relief when he was evaluated Monday. No structural damage was found and there were no effects on Lambson’s vision.
“They got most of the swelling out of it,” Forney said. “He came over to the park Monday and felt fine. That’s just the way it goes for us. You’re not safe from injury no matter where you’re at on our team. The dugout can be dangerous. You have to pay attention at all times. The moment you’re not paying attention, something bad can happen.”
BATS STAY HOT
The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 9-3 at Shaw Park on Wednesday night.
Darvill scored the game’s first run on a throwing error in the bottom of the first. Back-to-back two-out, RBI hits from Alex Perez and Cody Young in the second made it 3-0.
Winnipeg broke the game open with a four-run third. Dominic Ficociello crushed a two-run double with the bases loaded. After the Canaries made a pitching change, Reggie Abercrombie added a two-run triple.
Darvill hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth. Hill singled during the sixth, and has now hit safely in 17 straight games.
Parker French earned his third win of the season, pitching six shutout innings with five strikeouts.
WINNIPEG GOLDEYES 9, SIOUX FALLS CANARIES 3
WINNING PITCHER:
WPG: Parker French (3-3)
LOSING PITCHER:
SF: Luis Pollorena (4-2)
HOME RUN
WPG: Wes Darville (7)
THE SKINNY:
The Goldeyes built an early lead to support Parker French, who delivered six shutout innings in a 9-3 win over the Canaries.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
French held one of the league’s toughest offences off the scoreboard, scattering just four hits and allowing only one walk.
PLAY OF THE GAME:
Third baseman Mitch Glasser robbed Wes Darvill with a diving stop on a ground ball to his left in the bottom of the eighth. After scrambling to his feet, Glasser narrowly threw out Darvill at first.
NEXT UP:
The Goldeyes and Canaries conclude their series Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Kevin McGovern takes on former Goldeyes right-hander Alex Boshers. The game can be heard on 93.7 FM.

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