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Eric Peterson, Published May 24 2013

Laredo powers past RedHawks in F-M's home opener

FARGO – A light rain fell as the first pitch was thrown Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field, and the remainder of the evening proved just as dreary for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

The Laredo Lemurs scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to an 11-1 victory Friday in American Association baseball before 4,238 fans.

The game was the home opener for the RedHawks, who had played their first seven games this season on the road.

“There wasn’t anything there,” said RedHawks manager Doug Simunic, whose team dropped to 2-6 overall.

Laredo (8-0) remained unbeaten and has a 5-0 record against the RedHawks this season.

“It’s always good to score early,” Lemurs manager Pete Incaviglia said of his team’s big first inning.

Lemurs starter Greg Wilborn didn’t allow a run before he was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning after a scary play. A Jose Garcia line drive struck Wilborn in the head. Wilborn was staggered by the blow, which opened a cut near his left eye.

“He’s pretty coherent, but he was bleeding pretty bad,” said Incaviglia, who didn’t know much more that soon after the game ended.

Incaviglia said Wilborn was taken to an area hospital.

“You never like to see anybody get hit like that in a game,” Incaviglia said. “It’s the dangerous part of the game that you hope you never see.”

Laredo roughed up F-M starter Jake Laber in the top of the first inning. Six of the first seven Lemurs who faced Laber reached base and later scored.

Jon Gaston, who played for F-M last season, helped sparked the rally with a two-run single that gave the Lemurs a 2-0 lead. Laredo had five hits and two walks in the first inning and also took advantage of an F-M error.

Laber threw 37 pitches in the first inning. Simunic said 33 were fastballs.

“They’re an experienced-hitting team. They’re going to hit you,” Simunic said. “Now grant you, they weren’t hard, but they got it in play. I mean maybe we could have made a play, maybe not? I don’t know. We didn’t cover the field in the inning.”

The Lemurs added two runs in the third inning and three runs in the seventh to build an 11-0 lead. The RedHawks scored their lone run in the seventh inning on a Tim Alberts sacrifice fly.

F-M had its scoring chances in each of the first five innings, but left a combined nine runners on base during that stretch.

“We ran into two outs all the time and someone couldn’t deliver,” Simunic said.

NOTES: Right-hander Paul Burnside (0-1, 5.78 ERA) is scheduled to start today for the RedHawks. Laredo is expected to counter with right-hander Leonard Giammanco (0-0, 2.07 ERA). … The RedHawks have signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease and released right-handed pitcher Alex Sunderland. F-M announced both moves before Friday’s game.

LAREDO REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Optiz 2b 5 1 1 0 Ssnskie lf 4 0 0 0

Mojica ss 6 0 1 2 Garcia 2b 5 1 3 0

Carroll cf 4 1 1 1 Jckson cf 4 0 0 0

Allen 3bdh 4 1 0 0 Alberts dh 3 0 0 1

Gaston rf 4 1 1 2 Akins rf 3 0 1 0

Shrdn 1b 5 2 2 1 Brchld 1b 4 0 2 0

Ptrson c 5 3 3 1 Pineda ss 4 0 1 0

Rdrguz lf 3 2 1 3 Brquin 3b 4 0 1 0

Rau 3b/p 4 0 1 1 Ourso c 1 0 0 0

Totals 40 11 11 11 Totals 35 1 9 1

L 602 000 300 –11 11 1

FM 000 000 100 – 1 9 5

E–Akins (1), Brachold (1), Pineda (2), Bourquin 2 (3). LOB–Laredo 9, RedHawks 11. 2B–Rodriguez (2), Bourquin (1). 3B–Rau (1). SB–Gaston (3), Sosnoskie (2).

LAREDO

IP H R ER BB SO

Wilborn 4Zc 7 0 0 1 3

Walker W 2 1 1 0 2 2

Maj 1Xc 1 0 0 0 2

Rau 1 0 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Laber 2Xc 6 8 3 4 2

King 3Xc 4 3 3 2 3

Klicrease Xc 1 0 0 0 1

Levitt 2 0 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Stegner. First: Linton. Third: Heine. Time–3:13. A–4,238.


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