« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Eric Peterson, Published June 14 2013

Gary SouthShore knocks off RedHawks at Newman

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks didn’t figure out Gary SouthShore pitching until the seventh inning Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field.

That wasn’t fast enough for RedHawks manager Doug Simunic.

The RedHawks were held scoreless through six innings as the RailCats earned a 6-4 victory in American Association baseball before 3,855 fans.

“We’ve got pro hitters here,” Simunic said. “They’ve got to figure a starting pitcher out quicker than the sixth or seventh inning.”

The RedHawks (14-14) have lost three consecutive games and rank last in the American Association in runs scored. F-M has 112 runs through 28 games, an average of 4 runs per game.

“We’re just coming out not getting in good hitter’s counts,” RedHawks catcher Todd Jennings said. “We are getting out early in the count not taking good swings. We have to have a better game plan when we go up there hitting right now.”

Gary scored three runs in the fourth inning and added a Craig Maddox solo home run in the fifth to build a 4-0 lead. RedHawks starter Paul Burnside had allowed one hit through the first three innings before he ran into trouble in the fourth inning. That’s when Burnside’s back tightened.

“After a few innings, it just really tightens up,” Jennings said.

Burnside was lifted after throwing 72 pitches, including 38 strikes. In the fourth, the right-hander allowed two hits and walked two before he was lifted with two outs in the inning. Burnside was charged with three runs, all earned.

“It kind of evaporates. You can’t have your starter evaporate in the fourth inning,” Simunic said. “He can’t seem to shake it. … We’ve got to get some longevity out of him. He was a top-five guy in the league last year, and we can’t get it.”

The RedHawks clawed back in the seventh inning, plating three runs. C.J. Retherford and Zach Penprase each had RBI singles. Jennings added an RBI ground out. Penprase’s RBI single trimmed the Gary lead to 4-3.

The RailCats countered with two runs in the eighth inning to push the lead to 6-3.

“I’m very disappointed in the fact that we don’t figure out the starting pitcher until the game is kind of decided for them,” Simunic added. “We need to create something in the early part of the game.”

F-M’s Nic Jackson cracked a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the final margin.

GARY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Klein lf 4 0 0 0 Pnprse ss 5 0 1 1

Massro rf 5 0 1 0 Enrtson lf 4 0 0 0

Gurrero dh 5 1 1 0 Jckson cf 4 1 2 1

Maddox c 3 2 1 1 Alberts dh 4 1 1 0

Liddle 1b 4 1 2 1 Brchld 1b 4 1 1 0

Pulfer 3b 2 1 0 0 Rthrfrd 2b 4 0 1 1

Mrtinez cf 3 1 0 0 Brquin 3b 3 1 1 0

Mitchell ss 4 0 2 3 Jnnings c 3 0 1 1

Tucker 2b 4 0 1 1 Ssnoskie rf 4 0 0 0

Totals 34 6 8 6 Totals 35 4 8 4

G 000 310 020 –6 8 0

FM 000 000 310 –4 8 0

LOB–Gary 6, RedHawks 6. DP–Gary 0, RedHawks 1. 2B–Liddle (4), Alberts (8). HR–Maddox (2), Jackson (2).

GARY

IP H R ER BB SO

Quijano W,4-2 6 6 3 3 1 3

Spottiswood 1 1 0 0 0 0

Adkins 0 1 1 1 0 0

Gonzalez 1 0 0 0 0 0

Zavada S,2 1 0 0 0 1 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Brnsde L,1-4 3Xc 4 3 3 3 4

Harris 1 2 1 1 0 1

King 2Xc 1 2 2 1 1

Opsahl 1Xc 1 0 0 0 2

Umpires–Home: Pascucci. First: Krauss. Third: Ballou. Time–2:42. A–3,855.


Readers can reach Forum reporter

Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.