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Chris Murphy, Published July 07 2013

Sioux City tops RedHawks with big sixth inning

FARGO – If anyone blinked, they would have missed it. In less than 20 pitches, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks went from being up by three to down two in the top of the sixth inning. The RedHawks never recovered, as Sioux City handed them a 6-4 loss Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field.

It was just a few pitches.

“That’s literally all it took,” Fargo-Moorhead right fielder Buddy Sosnoskie said. “It started with a fly ball that just kept going and going and, from there, the ball just kept falling in here and there. It was a big inning and they grabbed the momentum. We needed to get momentum back, but we just didn’t have it today.”

Through five innings, Fargo-Moorhead pitcher Brian Ernst was cruising. An infield single off the bat of Sioux City’s Luke Murton led off the top of the second inning. Murton got to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a flyout and scored on a groundout off the bat of Yusuke Inoguchi to make it 1-0. Murton’s single was one of only three hits Ernst gave up through the first five.

Then, the sixth inning happened.

With the RedHawks up 4-1 thanks to a three-run homer from Sosnoskie and an RBI single from Tim Alberts, Sioux City hammered out four hits and had five cross the plate to take a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning. With one out and men on first and second, Peter Barrows hit a fly ball that looked like a routine out, but kept going and going until it grazed off Sosnoskie’s glove against the wall, cutting the RedHawks’ lead to 4-2. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Bryan Pounds laced a single to score a run, Inoguchi drove another in on a fielder’s choice and Sam Judah delivered the big blow with a two-out, two-run double to make it 6-4.

“We kind of did it to ourselves, not all the way, but a little bit,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “Our starting pitcher was pretty fastball conscious today and against all these teams in the league you need two pitches to get by. We didn’t throw our breaking stuff at this team and it happened real quick. The damage was done by the time we had a pitcher warming up. We were in a coma. Third time around in their lineup they got going.”

From there, the RedHawks were able to only muster up one base runner in the final four innings via a two-out single from C.J. Retherford in the bottom of the seventh.

“I feel like we saw the ball fine,” Sosnoskie said. “The first reliever they brought in was pretty deceptive. He had a quick delivery, but his fastball didn’t really have (movement). He had all of us out in front. The closer they have is pretty good, too.”

After the two-out single in the seventh, Sioux City retired seven straight to close out the game, including closer Chris Bodishbaugh striking out the side for the exclamation point in the ninth.

“We just didn’t hit the ball very well today,” Simunic said. “We’re second or first in the league in pitching. We should be able to win a 4-1 game, but we didn’t do it today.”

SIOUX CITY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Kskdn 2b 5 1 0 0 Pnprse ss 4 0 0 0

Barso ss 4 1 1 0 Einrtsn LF 5 0 1 0

Brrows rf 5 1 1 1 Jackson cf 3 1 1 0

Murton 1b 3 2 2 0 Rthrford 2b 4 0 2 0

Punds 3b 4 0 1 1 Brchold 1b 4 0 0 0

Inguchi cf 4 1 1 2 Alberts dh 4 1 2 1

Judah lf 4 0 1 2 Burquin 3b 4 1 1 0

Mrtinez c 3 0 1 0 Jennings c 4 0 1 0

Epinsa dh 4 0 2 0 Ssnoskie rf 4 1 1 3

Totals 36 6 10 6 Totals 36 4 9 4

S. CITY 010 006 000 –6 10 0

REDHAWKS 030 010 000 –4 9 1

E–Retherford (6). LOB – Sioux City 6, RedHawks 7. DP – Sioux City 0, RedHawks 1. 2b – Judah (8). 3b – Inoguchi (2). HR – Sosnoskie (6).

SIOUX CITY

IP H R ER BB SO

Noga, W 5 8 4 4 1 4

Kennedy 3 1 0 0 0 2

Bodishbugh, S 1 0 0 0 0 3

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Ernst, L 5Xc 7 6 4 2 2

Gutierrez 2Zc 1 0 0 1 4

Kilcrease 1 2 0 0 0 2 Umpires–Home: O’Leary. First: Sonntag. Third: Kreps. Time–2:28. A–2,951.


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