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Eric Peterson, Published September 04 2012

RedHawks in the hunt as postseason begins

Fargo - The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks open the American Association baseball playoffs at 7:02 tonight when they host the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Newman Outdoor Field in a best-of-5 series.

This will be the 10th time the teams have met in the postseason, including when both played in the Northern League.

The RedHawks, who are making a 15th playoff appearance and first in the American Association, have won six of the previous nine playoff series against the Goldeyes.

Here are some numbers to ponder as the two rivals meet again:

12-6

The record the RedHawks had against the Goldeyes during the regular season.

F-M had a 9-2 record at Shaw Park in Winnipeg.

“We do a lot of good things up there,” said RedHawks manager Doug Simunic. “Big crowds, you get up to play. We feel good playing in their ballpark. We’re not scared to play in it.”

1.88

The ERA that RedHawks right-handed starter Tyler Herron had in four starts against the Goldeyes in the regular season. Herron had a 1-2 record in those starts, striking out 23 batters in 28Xc innings.

“I’m going to handle it like it’s any other game,” said Herron, who was 12-3 during the season with a 3.29 ERA. “Obviously, it’s a little more important.”

20

The number of RBIs that RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson had in 18 games against the Goldeyes during the regular season. Jackson batted .347 with 10 doubles and four home runs in those contests.

65

The number of wins the RedHawks had during the regular season to tie an American Association record. Lincoln also won 65 games in 2006. F-M posted a 56-18 record in the final 74 games of the regular season.

“It’s real special,” said RedHawks outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie, who batted .409 against Winnipeg in eight games during the regular season. “This is probably the best all-around team that I have played for, talent top to bottom.”