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Eric Peterson, Published June 08 2013

Sosnoskie home run helps spark RedHawks to victory against rival Winnipeg

FARGO – When Buddy Sosnoskie sauntered to the plate in the fourth inning, he anticipated an inside pitch was coming.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks right fielder guessed right. He didn’t miss.

Sosnoskie smacked a first-pitch, three-run home run that capped a four-run inning Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field. That blast helped propel the RedHawks to a 6-3 victory against the Winnipeg Goldeyes in American Association baseball before 2,966 fans.

“We needed him,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “He’s a dangerous guy. Occasionally, he runs into something. Last year, he ran into a lot.”

The RedHawks (12-11) have won the first two games of this three-game series against the Goldeyes. F-M has a chance to sweep the series at 1 p.m. today.

“It’s good to take a series,” Sosnoskie said of winning the first two games. “That’s how you get a winning record and keep climbing the standings.”

Sosnoskie went 1-for-3 on Saturday night, pushing his season average to .225. Sosnoskie is hoping to return to last year’s form. He batted .339 in 53 games for the RedHawks last summer.

“I’m trying to find the swing that I had last year,” Sosnoskie said. “This game’s 90 percent confidence. My confidence has been up and down, a roller coaster season so far.”

The RedHawks had a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Sosnoskie came to the plate with runners on first and second base with two outs. The left-handed swinging Sosnoskie jumped on the first pitch he saw from Goldeyes starter Justin Garcia. He drove the belt-high offering over the fence in right field to stake the RedHawks to a 5-0 lead.

“It feels good to square it up and get a hit out of it, too,” Sosnoskie said.

The RedHawks got a solid start from right-hander Paul Burnside, who entered the game with a 9.00 ERA. Burnside pitched into the sixth inning, scattered six hits, struck out three, walked three and did not allow a run. That effort lowered his ERA to 6.65 as he picked up his first win this season.

Burnside threw 97 pitches, including 61 strikes. Simunic said Burnside “gutted” out the start, even though he was hampered by a bad back.

“Hopefully, this is a stepping stone for him,” Simunic said. “He’d been miserable about how he’s pitched. We hope this will pick up his spirits and keep him going.”

The Goldeyes tried to rally late, plating three runs in the eighth inning. Designated hitter Leonard Davis fueled that surge, cracking a two-run single to right field to cut the F-M lead to 5-3. Winnipeg threatened for a bigger inning, but left the bases loaded in the eighth.

RedHawks right-handed reliever Nathan Kilcrease struck out pinch hitter Tim Smith for the final out of the eighth inning to quiet the rally.

“It’s not RedHawks baseball, but it is what we are right now,” Simunic said. “We got a nickel, dime it to get whatever we can get. … We just haven’t hit timely most of the season with guys on base.”

NOTES: The RedHawks traded second baseman Dionys Cesar to the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League for a player to be named later. Cesar was signed as a free agent and played in 10 games with F-M. … The RedHawks moved right-handed pitcher Joe Cruz to the inactive list from the 7-day disabled list. Cruz is expected to miss the rest of the season with an arm injury. Cruz was the opening-day starter for F-M. … Left-hander Ethan Opsahl (0-0, 5.68 ERA) is scheduled to start today for the RedHawks. Winnipeg is expected to counter with left-hander Pete Gehle (1-1, 4.32 ERA). … F-M has a 5-0 record against the Goldeyes this season.

WINNIPEG REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lentini cf 4 1 2 1 Pnprse ss 4 0 2 0

Scma lf-rf 4 1 1 0 Graham lf 4 0 2 0

Mzla 3b-rf 4 1 1 0 Jckson cf 4 0 0 0

Hrther 1b 5 0 1 0 Alberts dh 4 1 1 0

Alen c 4 0 2 0 Brchld 1b 4 1 2 1

Davis dh 4 0 1 2 Rthrfd 2b 4 2 2 1

Guida pr 0 0 0 0 Brquin 3b 3 1 0 1

Rmn 2b3b 2 0 1 0 Jnnings c 4 0 1 0

Smsn ss 4 0 0 0 Ssnskie rf 3 1 1 3

Liles 2b 3 0 1 0

Smith lf 1 0 0 0

Totals 35 3 10 3 Totals 34 6 11 6

W 000 000 030 –3 10 0

FM 010 400 01x –6 11 1

E–Penprase (3). LOB–Winnipeg 10, RedHawks 5. DP–RedHawks 1, Winnipeg 0. 2B–Graham (1), Alberts (7), Brachold (2), Retherford (1). 3B–Retherford (1). HR–Lentini (4), Sosnoskie (1). SB–Lentini (3).

WINNIPEG

IP H R ER BB SO

Garcia L,3-1 7 10 5 5 1 6

Keating 1 1 1 1 0 1

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Brsde W,1-3 5Xc 6 0 0 3 3

Harris Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Hess 1 2 3 3 1 1

King Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Kilcrease Xc 1 0 0 0 1

Johnson S,7 1 0 0 0 1 1

Umpires–Home: Grassa. First: Krause. Third: Ballou. Time–2:30. A–2,966.


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