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Eric Peterson, Published July 08 2013

Sioux City rallies past RedHawks with big ninth inning

FARGO – Chase Johnson is no longer perfect.

Sioux City scored three runs off the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks closer in the ninth inning Monday night at Newman Outdoor Field. That late rally vaulted the Explorers to a 4-3 victory in American Association baseball before 3,043 fans.

Johnson had converted his first 11 save chances this season before Monday’s blown save.

“Tonight he didn’t get the job done, but it’s the first time he hasn’t gotten the job done,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “He’s been perfect. Tonight … not so perfect.”

The RedHawks (29-21) have lost three of their past four games. For a second consecutive game, the Explorers used a big inning to rally for the win. Sioux City had a five-run sixth inning on Sunday to rally for a 6-4 victory.

“It’s frustrating because we were in control,” RedHawks catcher Todd Jennings said. “That’s why you have to play nine innings, 27 outs.”

RedHawks starter Taylor Stanton had a stellar outing and appeared headed for victory when he was lifted after eight innings. The right-hander limited the Explorers to five hits and one run, which was unearned. He struck out eight batters and walked none. Stanton threw 100 pitches, including 71 strikes.

“He threw a lot of good pitches,” Simunic said. “He was great.”

Stanton hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past two starts, counting Monday. He’s pitched 17 innings during that stretch and allowed 10 hits, while striking out 17 and walking none. Stanton lowered his season ERA to 2.49 after Monday’s outing.

“Stanton has just been lights out,” Jennings said. “He’s been awesome.”

RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson cracked a two-out, two-run single on Monday that gave his team a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning. F-M took that lead into the final frame.

Johnson retired the first batter he faced in the ninth inning before Sioux City responded with three consecutive hits. Explorers center fielder Yusuke Inoguchi tied the game at 3-3 with a sacrifice fly to right field. Two batters later, Sioux City took the lead after catcher Adrian Martinez hit a two-out RBI double to left field, giving his team a 4-3 lead.

The hard-throwing Johnson allowed five hits and three earned runs in the ninth inning.

“You have to give them credit,” Jennings said of Sioux City. “They went out and hit the best closer in the league, in my opinion, and got the win off of him.”

NOTES: Right-hander Alex Caldera (7-2, 2.92 ERA) is slated to start today for the RedHawks. Sioux City is expected to counter with right-hander Jason Jarvis (5-3, 2.63 ERA). … F-M center fielder Nic Jackson extended his on-base streak to 27 consecutive games with his single in the first inning.

SIOUX CITY REDHAWKS

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Barroso lf 4 1 0 0 Enrtson lf 4 0 2 0

Brws 1b-rf 4 1 2 0 Jckson cf 4 0 2 2

Murtn 1b 4 0 1 1 Rthrford 2b 4 0 0 0

Briones lf 0 1 0 0 Brchold 1b 4 1 1 1

Pounds 3b 4 1 1 0 Alberts dh 4 0 1 0

Inguchi cf 3 0 1 1 Brquin 3b 3 1 0 0

Judah lf-rf 4 0 1 0 Jennngs c 4 0 0 0

Mrtinez c 4 0 2 1 Ssnoskie rf 3 0 1 0

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E–Jennings (2). LOB–Sioux City 5, RedHawks 7. DP–none. 2B–Kaskadden (3), Barrows (9), Martinez (3). HR–Brachold (9). SB–Barroso (12), Alberts (3), Bourquin (1), Sosnoskie (8).

SIOUX CITY

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Plefka W,1-0 1Zc 0 0 0 0 1

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REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Stanton 8 5 1 0 0 8

Johnson L,1-1 1 5 3 3 0 0

Umpires–Home: Sonntag. First: Kreps. Third: O’Leary. Time–2:27. A–3,043.


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