The month of July has not been kind to the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks was not only their fourth consecutive defeat, but their sixth straight home loss to the ‘Hawks and one that keeps a goose egg in the win column for the month.
The Fish remain a fortunate bunch, as a Sioux Falls loss on Thursday keeps Winnipeg one game up on the Pheasants for first in the North Division — a position the Goldeyes have held for pretty much the entire season.
Winnipeg sent towering rookie Tony Butler to the hill, and the 6-foot-7 24-year-old struggled severely in his second start since joining his third American Association club this season. Butler (2-3, 5.22 ERA) took the loss, surrendering six runs on seven hits in six complete innings, while walking five and adding a strikeout.
Fargo put up a pair of runs in the third before adding four more in the fifth on a Sergio Pedroza two-run dinger and a two-RBI single from Marcos Rodriguez.
Goldeyes centrefielder Chris Roberson drove in all three Winnipeg runs, going two-for-three at the dish.
Winnipeg will attempt to avoid the sweep in the final contest of their four-game set against the RedHawks tonight at 7 p.m.