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Forum staff reports , Published August 08 2012

RedHawks' struggles against Saints continue

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks can’t seem to solve the St. Paul Saints, a trend that continued Wednesday night at Newman Outdoor Field.

Starting pitcher Kyle Ruwe pitched seven scoreless innings to help lift the Saints to a 7-0 victory in American Association baseball before a crowd of 3,759 fans.

The RedHawks (49-27) have lost two consecutive games against the Saints. St. Paul has a 9-3 record this season against F-M, which has the best record in the league.

“I guess that’s kind of the definition that we don’t match up well, especially when we have been beating up everyone else in the league,” RedHawks second baseman Carlo Cota said of that 3-9 mark against the Saints. “They’ve got good hitters, they can play some defense and their pitching staff has been pretty solid against us.”

The RedHawks host St. Paul (41-35) at 7:02 tonight, the final game in a three-game series. The Saints have a 4-1 record at Newman this season.

“We know every time we play them that they’re a good club,” said Saints second baseman Jon Townsend. “It’s important that we beat them, particularly at this time of the season. I like to think that we try to step it up a little bit.”

Townsend sparked the Saints offense in the early innings. He capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single into center field. Townsend added a two-run single in the third inning that capped a four-run rally, which staked St. Paul to a 7-0 lead.

Townsend finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, raising his season average to .291. The Saints chased RedHawks starter Aaron Shafer (7-5) in the third inning. Shafer, a right-hander, allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2Xc innings.

St. Paul jumped on F-M pitching early in the early innings for a second consecutive game. The Saints scored six runs in the first four innings of Tuesday’s 8-2 victory.

“The last two games we haven’t been able to pitch,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic. “The game has been decided early on.”

Saints starter Kyle Ruwe (1-1) took advantage of that early offense on Wednesday, pitching seven scoreless innings. The right-hander scattered nine hits, struck out five and walked two batters. Ruwe threw 111 pitches, including 74 strikes.

The RedHawks had a chance to climb back into the game in the seventh inning, loading the bases with two outs. Ruwe, however, escaped the jam, getting Jon Gaston to ground out to second base for the final out in the inning.

“He’s got pretty good composure on the mound and he kept it the whole time, even when they hit him around a little bit,” Townsend said of Ruwe. “Even though they got some guys on base, he was able to get out of it like it wasn’t a big thing.”

NOTES: Right-hander Tyler Herron (5-2, 3.76 ERA) is scheduled to pitch today for the RedHawks. … F-M has a 23-15 record at Newman this season.

ST. PAUL REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Rapprt cf 4 0 0 0 Pnprs ss 4 0 2 0

Frost ss 5 0 0 0 Ssnskie rf 5 0 0 0

Shldon 1b 5 1 2 0 Jckson cf 5 0 2 0

Brquin 3b 4 1 2 0 Cmpbll 3b 4 0 0 0

Hrndz lf 3 1 0 0 Gaston lf 4 0 0 0

Cbra dh 3 2 1 1 Dlgdo dh 3 0 2 0

Durham rf 4 2 2 2 Stvll ph 1 0 0 0

Twnsnd 2b 4 0 2 4 Rdrgz 1b 3 0 1 0

Garbdn c 4 0 1 0 Jnnngs c 4 0 0 0

Cota 2b 4 0 2 0

Totals 36 7 11 7 Totals 37 0 9 0

SP 034 000 000–7 11 1

FM 000 000 000–0 9 0

2B–Bourquin (24), Cabrera (9), Durham (2). SB–Durham (8). LOB–St. Paul 6, Fargo-Moorhead 13. E–Bourquin (6). F-M 1.

ST. PAUL

IP H R ER BB SO

Ruwe, W 7 9 0 0 2 5

Carr 1 0 0 0 0 1

Severtson 1 0 0 0 1 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Shafer, L 2Xc 7 7 7 4 0

Harris 6Zc 4 0 0 0 0

Umpires–Home: Linton. First: McCaffrey. Third: Bakke. Time–2:41. A–3,759.

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