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Eric Peterson, Published July 28 2013

Einertson, RedHawks rally past Sioux City in the ninth inning

FARGO – Sioux City hit two non-traditional home runs Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field, and later had its closer in the game with a lead in the ninth inning.

However, that mix wasn’t enough to beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Mitch Einertson smacked a walk-off RBI single to lift the RedHawks to a 10-9 victory against the Explorers in American Association baseball before 3,805 fans.

“This game, we kind of stole it a little bit,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.

The RedHawks (42-26) have won three of their past four games. They have today off before starting a three-game series at St. Paul (35-32) on Tuesday. The RedHawks have a 6½-game lead over the second-place Saints in the North Division.

“St. Paul is going to be tough at their place because they always are,” Simunic said. “You’re going to have to get on your game. You will be clawing to get your ‘W.’ ”

The Explorers, who had an 8-3 lead through five innings, clung to a 9-8 lead entering the home half of the ninth. Sioux City closer Chris Bodishbaugh, who got the last out in the eighth inning, was in position to earn his 14th save this season.

RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson made sure that didn’t happen, however, leading off the ninth with a solo home run over the wall in right field, tying the game at 9-9. That was only the second home run the hard-throwing Bodishbaugh has allowed this season in more than 30 innings.

“We’ve seen him a lot here,” Simunic said of Bodishbaugh. “We’ve played (Sioux City) a lot over the last couple weeks so we’ve stole some time here.”

After the Jackson blast, the next three F-M batters reached to load the bases. Buddy Sosnoskie then tapped into a fielder’s choice for the first out of the inning, setting the stage for Einertson.

Sioux City had a fifth infielder and two outfielders with Einertson at the plate. That defensive alignment was used to try to cut off the game-winning run at the plate.

Einertson was down 1 ball, 2 strikes, in the count before he lined a Bodishbaugh offering into center field. That hit scored Keith Brachold from third base with the winning run. Einertson was swarmed by his teammates near first base after the winning run scored.

“My mindset right there was to keep battling, keep battling and just hope he would give me a pitch that I could handle,” said Einertson, who finished 2-for-3 and scored two runs. “He’s a great pitcher. I’m just lucky I got my barrel on the ball right there.”

That was only the second blown save for Bodishbaugh this season. The right-hander entered Sunday with a 1.84 ERA.

The Explorers appeared headed for victory after a five-run fifth inning. Third baseman Bryan Pounds fueled that rally with a rare two-run, inside-the-park home run that went off the wall in deep center field. Alberto Espinosa followed Pounds with a broken-bat home run over the wall in left field.

That unique sequence of homers staked Sioux City to an 8-3 lead.

F-M’s pitching struggled for a second consecutive game. The RedHawks have allowed 18 runs on 25 hits over the past two games.

“We’ll adjust it here,” Simunic said of the pitching. “It won’t be long. Give us a couple days, and we’ll address it a little bit. We’re just not pitching very well. Maybe we taxed our starters a little bit in July. Now, we’ve got them in a situation where they can’t get deep in the game and our bullpen is blowing a little oil.”

The RedHawks scored at least on run in each of their last four at-bats, including a three-run seventh inning and a two-run ninth inning. That late offense proved to be the difference.

“That’s the deadly thing about our team,” Einertson said. “Anyone can get it going.”

NOTES: Right-hander Brian Ernst (3-1, 3.32 ERA) is slated to start Tuesday for the RedHawks against the St. Paul Saints. That game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Midway Stadium. … The RedHawks have a 20-13 home record this season. They are 22-13 on the road.

SIOUX CITY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Mesa cf 5 1 0 0 Pnprse ss 5 1 2 0

Ksdn2b-ss 4 2 2 1 Bourquin 3b 4 2 1 0

Judah rf 5 1 2 2 Jackson cf 4 2 1 1

Gllghr dh 4 0 1 1 Rethrfrd 2b 3 2 1 1

Murton 1b 4 0 1 1 Brchold 1b 5 1 3 4

Brso pr-ss 0 0 0 0 Alberts dh 4 0 0 0

Inoguchi lf 3 2 2 0 Ssnskie rf 4 0 1 1

Punds 3b 5 1 2 2 Enrtson lf 3 2 2 1

Espnsa c 4 1 2 1 Ourso c 3 0 0 0

Young 2b 4 1 2 1

Brws1b-ph1 0 0 0

Totals 39 9 13 9 Totals 35 10 11 8

SIOUX CITY 002 150 010 –9 13 1

REDHAWKS 210 001 312 –10 11 0

E–Pounds (8). LOB–Sioux City 9, RedHawks 9. DP-Sioux City 0, RedHawks 1. 2b-Kaskadden (5), Judah (10), Retherford (15), Brachold (12), Einertson (14). 3b-Young (1). HR-Pounds (5), Espinosa (1), Jackson (5). CS-Penprase (2). SB-Mesa (15), Kaskadden (4), Inoguchi 2 (10), Penprase (27), Brachold (8).

SIOUX CITY

IP H R ER BB SO

Jurik 1 2 2 2 2 0

Noga 5Xc 5 5 5 2 3

Stewart Zc 1 0 0 0 1

Kennedy Xc 0 1 1 2 0

Bdishbugh, L Xc 3 2 2 1 1

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Burnside 4 6 4 4 1 3

King 2 3 4 4 1 0

Gutierrez 1Xc 3 1 1 1 2

Harris, W 1Zc 1 0 0 1 2 Umpires–Home: Ballou. First: Pascucci. Third: Krauss. Time–3:33. A–3,805.


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