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Eric Peterson, Published May 26 2013

Lemurs sweep RedHawks

FARGO – A Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks shakeup could be coming soon manager Doug Simunic hinted after Sunday’s game at Newman Outdoor Field.

Jon Gaston cracked a three-run home run to spark the Laredo Lemurs to an 8-0 victory in American Association baseball before 2,356 fans.

Gaston’s blast helped the Lemurs (10-0) complete a three-game sweep against the RedHawks.

F-M (2-8) has a 0-7 record against Laredo this season, scoring a combined 11 runs in those games. The Lemurs are the only unbeaten team remaining in the league.

“We need to either get some people to produce or we’ll produce some more people,” Simunic said. “This is a results business, and if the results aren’t there, then we’ve got to find people that can give us results.”

The RedHawks played all three weekend games against Laredo without starting shortstop Zach Penprase, who missed the games due to a prior obligation. Penprase is expected to return to action today.

“Not having Penprase here this weekend really hurt us, but no excuses,” Simunic said. “We got a little bit bamboozled in the preseason because we looked so good.”

The Lemurs scored five runs in the third inning and cruised from that point. Gaston’s three-run home run, which came with two outs, capped that rally and gave his team a 5-0 lead. Laredo added two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth for the final margin.

“It feels like we’re lifeless,” RedHawks catcher Todd Jennings said. “We’re on our heels and we are playing a little scared right now. … We’re just searching right now, searching to find a spark. We need a spark to light a fire under us.”

That spark could come through a roster move.

“I’m not going to tell you who they are, but I’m going to do something,” Simunic said. “I have no choice.”

Two Laredo pitchers limited the RedHawks to six hits, striking out a combined 12 F-M batters. The RedHawks had just one extra-base hit. That was a Ronnie Bourquin double that came with two outs in the ninth inning.

“Right now nobody is having fun,” Jennings said. “We’re all stressing. We’re not relaxing and playing the game of baseball.”

Simunic said right-handed starter Joe Cruz could be done for the season after suffering an injury to his throwing arm.

“It doesn’t look encouraging,” Simunic said.

The RedHawks start a four-game home series at 5 p.m. today with the Sioux Falls Canaries.

“We’re going up there and being like robots,” Jennings said. “You are supposed to go out there and have fun every day, and we’re not doing that. Everybody is thinking too much.”

LAREDO REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Opitz 2b 3 1 1 0 Sonski lf 4 0 1 0

Mojica ss 5 1 2 0 Garcia 2b 4 0 0 0

Carroll cf 5 2 2 1 Jackson cf 4 0 0 0

Allen dh 5 1 3 3 Alberts rf 3 0 0 0

Gaston rf 5 1 1 3 Akins dh 4 0 0 0

Shridn 1b 4 0 0 0 Bourqin 3b 4 0 1 0

Kain 3b-lf 3 1 1 0 Pineda ss 4 0 1 0

Rdriguz lf 3 1 2 1 Brchold 1b 3 0 2 0

Rau 3b 1 0 0 0 Jennings c 1 0 0 0

Incvglia c 4 0 0 0 Ourso c 1 0 1 0

Totals 38 8 12 8 Totals 32 0 6 0

LAREDO 005 021 000 –8 12 0

REDHAWKS 000 000 000 –0 6 1

E–Jackson (1). LOB-RedHawks 7, Laredo 6. SB – Sosnoskie (3) 2B – Allen (5), Rodriguez (4), Bourquin (2). HR – Gaston (2).

LAREDO

IP H R ER BB SO

Sasaki, W 7 3 0 0 2 8

Walker 2 3 0 0 0 4

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Stanton, L 5½ 11 8 8 1 4

King 1Zc 1 0 0 0 1

Kilcrease 1 0 0 0 1 0

Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Heine. First: Stegner. Third: Linton. Time–2:37. A–2,356.


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