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Forum staff reports , Published June 30 2013

Kansas City pitcher shuts down surging RedHawks

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks hit a speed bump Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field.

Kansas City starter Lucas Irvine slowed down the streaking RedHawks, tossing a four-hit shutout. The right-hander sparked the T-Bones to a 4-0 victory in American Association baseball before 3,180 fans.

“We’ve been having our way with people for 10 or 12 days and now this guy stepped in and put a stop to that,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.

The RedHawks (25-18) had their five-game winning streak snapped and had won nine of 10 games heading into Sunday.

“You have games like this,” RedHawks catcher Todd Jennings said. “You can’t win every single game.”

The RedHawks missed a chance to sweep the three-game series with the T-Bones. F-M outscored Kansas City 22-2 in the first two games of the series, including a 17-0 victory Saturday night.

“To sweep a series, it’s always the hardest one, that last game,” said Jennings, who went 0-for-3.

Irvine struck out five batters and walked none, while not allowing more than one hit in an inning. Irvine retired the first eight and final eight batters he faced. He set F-M down in order in the first, second, fifth, eighth and ninth innings.

Irvine threw 114 pitches, including 76 strikes.

“We just couldn’t get a rhythm going offensively off this guy,” Jennings said. “He did a good job against us.”

The T-Bones nicked up RedHawks starter Paul Burnside early. Kansas City scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second to build a quick three-run lead. Burnside walked two batters in the first inning, both of which came around to score. Trevor Coleman cracked a solo home run off Burnside in the second inning to stake the T-Bones to a 3-0 lead.

Simunic said he was concerned that Burnside was topping out between 85-87 miles per hour on the radar gun in the first inning. That increased to the early 90s as the game progressed.

“I don’t know what he’s coming out of the bullpen with?” Simunic said. “I don’t know if he’s doubting himself? If he’s got a health issue until he gets loose? … Something right there isn’t right. We need him 91, 92 (miles per hour) out of the shoot to put the fear in people.”

Burnside settled in after the first two innings pitching into the seventh inning. The right-hander retired the T-Bones in order in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Burnside threw 89 pitches, including 49 strikes.

“After the second inning, he settled in and got loose,” Jennings said of Burnside. “It seemed he just couldn’t get loose those first couple innings. Once he settled in, he was good.”

NOTES: Right-hander Brian Ernst (2-0, 1.86 ERA) is set to start Tuesday for the RedHawks, who start a four-game series at Lincoln. … The RedHawks are 11-9 at Newman this season and 14-9 on the road. F-M has a 5-6 record in day games.

KANSAS CITY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Molina 3b 3 1 1 0 Pnprs ss 4 0 0 0

Jones cf 3 0 0 0 Enrtsn lf 4 0 1 0

Perez 3b 3 1 0 0 Jacksn cf 4 0 1 0

Pdgtt dh 3 0 1 1 Rthrfrd 2b 4 0 0 0

Ramlr rf 4 0 0 1 Brchld 1b 3 0 1 0

Gdwn 2b 4 0 1 0 Alberts dh 3 0 0 0

Yoo lf 4 1 1 0 Brquin 3b 3 0 0 0

Colemn c 3 1 1 1 Jennngs c 3 0 0 0

Hghtwr ss 4 0 1 1 Ssnskie rf 3 0 1 0

Totals 31 4 6 4 Totals 31 0 4 0

KC 210 000 100–4 6 0

FM 000 000 000–0 4 1

2B–Goodwin (6), Yoo (1), Jackson (11), Brachold (9). HR–Coleman (2). HP–Perez (3). LOB–Kansas City 5, RedHawks 4. E–Bourquin (7). DP–RedHawks 1.

KANSAS CITY

IP H R ER BB SO

Irvine, W 9 4 0 0 0 5

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Burnside, L 6 4 4 4 2 2

Opsahl Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Kilcrease 2Xc 2 0 0 1 2

Umpires–Home: Hicks. First: Morgan. Third: Durante. Time–2:14. A–3,180.

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