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Eric Peterson, Published July 16 2013

Brachold, RedHawks edge past Canaries at Newman

FARGO – Keith Brachold didn’t crush the single he delivered in the eighth inning Tuesday night. However, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks first baseman will take the result.

Brachold’s flare into short left field scored two runs that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 American Association victory against the Sioux Falls Canaries before 3,767 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.

“Well, it got through the infield,” Brachold said with a smile. “I was trying to get my bat on the ball, and a little baseball luck came my way.”

The RedHawks (34-23) have won four of their past five games and two in a row against the Canaries. F-M has a chance to sweep the three-game series against Sioux Falls with a victory today.

“It’s the sign of a good team,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic of clawing for Tuesday’s victory. “We’re getting good pitching from our people so that’s important. They’re holding us in the game.”

Sioux Falls catcher Jake Taylor cracked an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning that knotted the game at 2-2. That set the stage for Brachold’s heroics.

Brachold came to the plate with two outs and runners on second and third base in the bottom of the eighth. Canaries hard-throwing reliever Matt Daly quickly built a 1-ball, 2-strike advantage in the count. Daly’s fastball was clocking in the mid-90s. The left-handed swinging Brachold got jammed by a Daly fastball, but was able to get enough of the pitch to power the ball past Sioux Falls shortstop Cory Morales. Morales just missed gloving the floating line drive.

“When it came off the bat, I thought it was through for sure. Then I saw their speedy shortstop come out of nowhere,” said Brachold, who finished 2-for-4. “He got pretty close to it.”

RedHawks starter Jake Laber had a strong outing, limiting the Canaries to one earned run on five hits through seven innings. The lefty struck out seven batters, while walking two, lowering his season ERA to 2.85.

Laber threw 93 pitches, including 69 strikes.

Laber and Canaries right-handed starter Ben Moore were locked in a pitching duel for most of the evening. Neither team scored a run until the sixth inning. Moore kept the RedHawks off balance by varying speeds and breaking balls that clocked as low as the mid-60s.

“He pitched with a lot of deception,” Simunic said of Moore.

RedHawks second baseman C.J. Retherford hit a towering solo home run in the sixth inning off Moore that tied the game at 1-1. F-M took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning after a Zach Penprase single scored Buddy Sosnoskie from third base. Sosnoskie, who batted eighth in the lineup, went 3-for-4 with two triples.

“He’s been explosive,” Simunic said of Sosnoskie. “You don’t know what you’re going to get. It’s like a box of chocolates.”

NOTES: Right-hander Paul Burnside (5-5, 5.01 ERA) is slated to start for the RedHawks today. Sioux Falls is expected to counter with left-hander Adam Champion (4-5, 6.04 ERA). … RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson extended his on-base streak to 34 consecutive games with his walk in the eighth inning. … F-M has a 15-11 record at Newman Outdoor Field this season.

SIOUX FALLS REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

VnStrtn cf 4 0 1 0 Pnprse ss 4 0 1 1

Morals ss 4 1 1 0 Brquin 3b 2 1 0 0

Ramirez lf 5 0 2 1 Jckson cf 3 1 0 0

Clark 3b 3 1 0 0 Rthrfrd 2b 4 1 1 1

Pahuta dh 3 0 0 0 Alberts dh 4 0 1 0

Taylor c 4 0 1 1 Brchold 1b 4 0 2 2

Rdrgz 1b 3 0 0 0 Enrtson lf 4 0 1 0

Bmann rf 4 0 1 0 Ssnoskie rf 4 1 3 0

Trajno 2b 4 0 2 0 Jennings c 3 0 0 0

Totals 34 2 8 2 Totals 32 4 9 4

SF 000 001 010 –2 8 1

FM 000 001 12x –4 9 1

E–Clark (11), Retherford (8). LOB–Sioux Falls 11, RedHawks 7. DP–Sioux Falls 0, RedHawks 1. 2B–Morales (11), Ramirez (14). 3B–Sosnoskie 2 (5). HR–Retherford (4). CS–Bourquin (2).

SIOUX FALLS

IP H R ER BB SO

Moore 7 7 2 2 1 8

Daly L,2-1 Xc 2 2 2 2 1

Clark Zc 0 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Laber 7 5 1 1 2 7

Gutierrez Xc 1 1 1 2 0

Harris W,6-3 Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Johnson S,12 1 2 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Thigpen. First: Hicks. Third: Ivinski. Time–2:49. A–3,767.


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