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Published August 22 2010

Northern League: Goldeyes down RedHawks

It might as well have been Friday the 13th for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Pitchers played in the field, the manager was sent to the showers early and runs piled up on the scoreboard like a football game.

This was scary stuff.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored early and often en route to a 16-7 Northern League rout of the RedHawks before 4,322 fans Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field.

“I have nothing bad to say about starting pitching because they have carried us this whole year,” said RedHawks catcher Alan Rick, whose team has allowed 32 runs and 41 hits in the first three games of the series against the Goldeyes. “… Our starting pitching has just been a little tough the last couple of nights.”

Winnipeg, which wraps up the series at 1 p.m. today at Newman Outdoor Field, built a big early lead for the second time in the series.

The Goldeyes pounded RedHawks starter Matt Mossey en route to a 7-0 advantage through three innings.

F-M manager Doug Simunic was ejected in the third after arguing a call by first base umpire Hank Himmanen that a ball hit by Luis Allen fell inside the right field foul line for a hit. The double put the Goldeyes ahead 5-0.

Simunic flipped off his helmet before getting nose-to-nose with Himmanen near first base after he was tossed from the game.

Pitching coach Steve Montgomery managed the team the rest of the way.

Mossey allowed seven hits and seven earned runs before he was pulled for Matt Petrusek with two outs in the third. Mossey’s shortest start of the season came in his first appearance against Winnipeg.

“Mossey is a great pitcher, he was just off tonight,” Rick said. “He almost threw a perfect game earlier this year. That shows you how good he can be when he’s on. He was just a little off tonight.”

F-M finished the game even more shorthanded than they started when left fielder Jeremiah Piepkorn was injured while diving for a ball in the outfield in the third inning. Piepkorn came out of the game after batting in the end of the fourth.

Pitcher Adam Tollefson replaced Piepkorn in the lineup. He collected his first professional hit and RBI on a single in the bottom of the seventh that made the score 12-5. Tollefson finished 1 for 3.

The RedHawks have been a man down on the bench the last two games due to the absence of outfielder Jay Cox, who left the team to attend a wedding.

F-M also has just nine pitchers on the roster after the release of Billy Weitzman on Friday. Weitzman pitched just Xc innings in his only start with the team on Thursday.

First baseman Jesse Hoorelbeke also started the game as the designated hitter due to an injured knee. He was moved to first in the top of the eighth when Tollefson came in from the outfield to pitch.

Hoorelbeke was lifted for brother, Casey, who is one of the RedHawks’ standout relief pitchers, after re-injuring his knee in the eighth on a defensive play at first base.

The strangest moment of the night came when Tollefson and Casey Hoorelbeke opened the bottom of the ninth inning at the plate.

“It’s very odd,” Rick said of the game. “That’s the best word to describe it, especially when you see two (pitchers play the field). You might see one. … It’s just one of those games. We’ll try to forget about it, get up here tomorrow morning and see what happens.”

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