WINNIPEG, Man. - Dominic Topoozian made his pitch to become a key piece in the Sioux City Explorers' late-season plans, tossing shutout baseball into the seventh inning in a 2-0 win over Winnipeg in an American Association game at Shaw Park Saturday.
Topoozian, a former Fresno State pitcher who began the season with Sonoma of the independent Pacific Association, was making his first start of the season for the X's after seven appearances out of the bullpen. Topoozian left after giving a two out single to Josh Mazzola. He checked Winnipeg on six hits and a walk while fanning one batter.
Patrick Schuster came on in relief for the Explorers and despite allowing Mazzola to advance to third on a wild pitch and error, got out of the jam with a strikeout.
Topoozian and Winnipeg's Mitch Lambson engaged in a scoreless pitching dual through six innings before the Explorers broke through in the seventh with a pair of runs.
Sioux City started the seventh with three consecutive singles by Dean Green, Jay Baum and Blake Schmit to fill the bases.
Dylan Kelly broke the deadlock when he hit a grounder to short that the Goldeyes' Josh Romanski was able to knock down and get an out at second base but Green crossed the plate. Dexture McCall extended the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single, his fifth hit of the series. A double play kept the damage to two runs.
Eric Karch gave up a one-out single in the ninth inning but kept the Goldeyes off the scoreboard and picked up his 21st save of the year.
Sioux City (62-22) finishes the three-game set in Canada Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start before moving back over the border to face Fargo-Moorhead in three more outings starting Monday.