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Eric Peterson, Published August 05 2012

Caldera helps extend RedHawks' winning streak at Newman

FARGO – Premium Fargo-Moorhead pitching sent a sellout crowd home happy Sunday afternoon.

Closer Tom Boleska pitched a perfect ninth to help lift the RedHawks to a 2-1 victory against the Lincoln Saltdogs in American Association baseball before 4,814 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.

Boleska earned his league-leading 23rd save this season to tie a club record. George Schmidt also saved 23 games in 2000.

“He’s an automatic guy,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of Boleska. “When we get to the ninth inning with the lead, we feel pretty comfortable. He knows the role. He knows how to pitch in that role.”

The 4,814 fans is the largest Sunday crowd at Newman since May 17, 2009, and the team’s seventh sellout this season.

The RedHawks (49-25) extended their home winning streak to 14 consecutive games, sweeping their past four home series.

“It’s just nice being here,” said Boleska, who has converted 23 of 25 save chances this season. “We always have good crowds. When you go on the road, you sometimes don’t know if you are going to play in front of 800 or 5,000. Here, we know we are going to have good crowds.”

RedHawks starter Alex Caldera (9-2) set the stage for Boleska on Sunday, pitching 7Zc innings while allowing one run. Caldera, who leads the team in victories, scattered six hits, struck out five and walked two batters. The right-hander pitched to the minimum amount of batters in the first, fifth and seventh innings.

“Every start that Caldera comes out and throws, he always gives us a good game and gives us a chance to win,” F-M designated hitter Ryan Delgado said.

Delgado was the lone source of offense for the RedHawks against Lincoln. The right-handed swinging Delgado crushed a two-run home run over the wall in right-center field in the second inning. That staked the RedHawks to a 2-0 lead and proved to be just enough offense.

“I was just really trying to get anything up in the zone and try to hit it out,” said Delgado, who has 13 home runs this season.

Lincoln scored its lone run in the sixth inning on a David Espinosa fielder’s choice.

Boleska helped make that one-run lead hold up. The right-hander struck out the first batter he faced in the ninth inning. The next two Lincoln batters grounded out to first base for the game’s final outs.

“It’s all about getting ahead and throwing Strike 1, and then from there you can kind of do what you want,” Boleska said. “I’ve been healthy all year, which is a big part of it.”

The RedHawks maintained their league-best record while completing a three-game sweep of the Saltdogs. F-M has a 40-8 record over its past 48 games after starting the season with a 9-17 mark. F-M hasn’t lost a home game since July 1.

“It’s just a great clubhouse, great guys,” Delgado said. “There is always one guy picking up another guy.”

The RedHawks have an off day today before starting a three-game home series Tuesday against the St. Paul Saints.

NOTES: Right-hander Paul Burnside (8-4, 2.73 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday for the RedHawks against St. Paul. … The RedHawks are 23-13 at home this season. They had a 5-11 record at Newman to start the season. … Right fielder Ryan Stovall went 2-for-4 on Sunday to raise his season average to .288. … Simunic said rookie outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie will be ready to play Tuesday after being slowed recently with a lower-leg injury. … RedHawks shortstop Zach Penprase went 0-for-4 on Sunday, snapping his 41-game on-base streak.


ab r h bi ab r h bi

Smith cf 4 1 1 0 Pnprse ss 4 0 0 0

Rohan 1b 3 0 1 0 Stovall rf 4 0 2 0

Espnsa 2b 3 0 0 1 Jackson cf 4 0 0 0

Holdrn dh 4 0 0 0 Campbll 3b 4 1 2 0

Prvnchr rf 4 0 3 0 Gaston lf 4 0 1 0

Forgatch lf 3 0 0 0 Delgado dh 4 1 2 2

Miller c 4 0 0 0 Rdriguz 1b 4 0 1 0

Chacoa ss 4 0 0 0 Jnnings c 2 0 0 0

Wilder 3b 3 0 1 0 Cota 2b 3 0 1 0

Totals 32 1 6 1 Totals 33 2 9 2

Lincoln 000 001 000–1 6 0

RedHawks 020 000 00x–2 9 0

2B-Wilder (1), Stovall (12), Campbell (14), Gaston (14). HR- Delgado (13). LOB – L 7, RedHawks 8. DP-RedHawks 1. SB- Smith (11), Espinosa (5), Rodriguez (5).



Sheldon, L 6 7 2 2 1 7

Parise 2 2 0 0 0 1



Caldera, W 7Zc 6 1 1 2 5

Harris Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Fuqua Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Boleska, S 1 0 0 0 0 01

Umpires–Home: Carroll. First: Gunton. Third: Childe. Time–2:26. A–4,814

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