Fish wrap road trip with victory

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 2:14 PM ET

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- With their playoff chances bordering on slim and none, the Winnipeg Goldeyes finally got it done with a little small ball.

The Fish scored two runs with a single and a squeeze play from the bottom third of the order, beating the Schaumburg Flyers 3-0 in front of 5,024 at Alexian Field yesterday afternoon.

After Kevan Burns led off the seventh with a double, manager Hal Lanier asked Daniel Quartararo to bunt his teammate over to third.

Fouling off the first pitch, the Fish third baseman then slapped a single up the middle past a drawn-in, bunt-expecting infield to score Burns.

"Everybody was charging, they had everyone on the move and I figured you could hit it anywhere if it wasn't right at someone," Lanier said about calling off the bunt after showing it the pitch earlier.

"(Quartararo) did a good job."

A throwing error on the play landed Quartararo at second. He was moved over to third via a sacrifice bunt, and scored when Scott Wallis put down a bunt of his own, executing the squeeze perfectly.

The Goldeyes (20-15, 42-40 overall) finish this march through the Chicagoland area with a disappointing 5-4 record -- a mark which includes a three-game sweep over the lowly Joliet JackHammers.

That's a far cry from the 7-2 or 6-3 they needed come home with to have a decent chance in the Northern League's wild card hunt.

"We would have liked to win one more game, but we really haven't swung the bats well," Lanier said.

With only 13 games remaining the Fish are now 3 1/2 games back of the Gary SouthShore RailCats for the final playoff spot.

The RailCats beat the Kansas City T-Bones 4-3 in 13 innings last night.

Right-hander David Manning was the scheduled starter for Winnipeg but was unable to go because of a back injury.

With no other options in the bullpen, his spot on the mound was taken by Phil Sobkow, who pitched on three-days rest.

Sobkow (5-1) went six strong innings, allowing just four hits and striking-out eight. Closer Donnie Smith followed Ivan Hernandez and Clint Marcus for his 10th save of the season.

Flyers starter Raymond Jenkins (6-6) took the loss for Schaumburg (18-18, 34-50 overall).

Yesterday's game also saw the debut of the newest Goldeye, outfielder Stephen Worrell. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Atlanta-native joined the Fish prior to game time and started in left field.

Worrell, 23, comes to the team via Columbus State (NCAA Div. II), where he hit .392 with 11 home runs in 52 games this year.

The rookie went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in his first game as a professional.

The Fish arrive back in Canada early this morning and will have a day off before playing their final home stand of the season.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are at the Fishbowl for three games starting tomorrow (7:05 p.m.), followed by a four-game series with the Lincoln Saltdogs through the weekend.

AYALA OUT: Winnipeg put outfielder Odannis Ayala on the disabled list yesterday. Ayala missed six of the nine games on this road trip with a knee injury.


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