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Zac Mitchell of the Gary SouthShore Railcats hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning on Sunday to end a subpar month for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. They went 11-17 in June and find themselves three games back of first in the North Division. They will have an opportunity to make up ground this week in a four-game series against their divisional rival, the St. Paul Saints.

GOLDEYES PREVIEW: Winnipeg went 3-3 on their six-game road trip and return home sitting in third place in the North Division. They will look to put together a winning record during their longest homestand to date to keep them in striking distance of the division lead.

Winnipeg will send Matt Rusch to the hill in the series opener. The Goldeyes ace had a strong seven inning performance in his last start in Sioux City, but got saddled with a no decision. The Fish bounce back well with Rusch on the mound. Following a loss this season, they are 4-1 in games which Rusch starts.

SAINTS PREVIEW: St. Paul enters this week with a half-game lead on the Goldeyes for second place and sit two-and-a-half games back of division leaders Fargo-Moorhead. The Saints saw a five-game winning streak end on Sunday in Sioux Falls.

The Saints march into Winnipeg missing a major piece in their lineup. Infielder Craig Brazell left the club to sign with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League. Brazzell hit .347 with 21 RBI in 27 games before his departure.

WHO TO WATCH FOR: OF Ryan Scoma. The first-year Goldeyes outfielder was establishing himself in the heart of Winnipeg’s batting order before going down with an injury on June 10. He returned over the weekend in Gary, where he went 1-for-7 at the plate. It might take some time for Scoma to get back into a rhythm but having a run producer back in the lineup is a welcome sign for the Goldeyes.

PITCHING PROBABLES:
Tuesday, July 2 (7:00 PM) - RHP Luke Anderson (2-2, 5.76) at RHP Matt Rusch (4-3, 3.81)
Wednesday, July 3 (7:00 PM) - TBA at LHP Pete Gehle (3-1, 4.08)
Thursday, July 4 (7:00 PM) - TBA at LHP Mark Hardy (4-2, 2.81)
Friday, July 5 (7:00 PM) - TBA at RHP Justin Garcia (4-1, 3.32)

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD: While the Goldeyes and Saints battle for positioning in the North Division, the team they are both chasing, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, open a four-game series on the road against the Lincoln Saltdogs on Tuesday. The RedHawks currently own the best road record in the American Association at 14-9.

UP NEXT: The Goldeyes will get another crack at the Railcats in a four-game series beginning on Saturday at Shaw Park. That series will conclude this homestand before Winnipeg heads off on a 10-day east coast road trip against three teams in the CanAm League.