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Eric Peterson, Published August 03 2013

Big inning sparks RedHawks to victory in front of big crowd

FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead remained golden against the Goldeyes this season.

The RedHawks scored seven runs in the fourth inning Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field. That big inning vaulted F-M to a 12-5 victory against Winnipeg in American Association baseball before a season-high sellout crowd of 5,135 fans.

The RedHawks (48-25) have won all eight games they have played against rival Winnipeg this season. F-M leads the North Division by 7½ games. Winnipeg and St. Paul are tied for second with identical 37-35 records.

“If we just don’t beat ourselves, I think we will be in good shape,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of the divisional race.

Saturday’s crowd was the 12th largest in franchise history. The RedHawks have played their past two home games before crowds of more than 5,000.

“It’s awesome coming to the field, seeing 5,000 people,” said RedHawks designated hitter Tim Alberts, who had four hits Saturday. “It gives you a little extra boost of energy, trying to play well. You thrive off the crowd.”

The RedHawks surged into the lead for good in the fourth inning, smacking seven hits in that frame. C.J. Retherford and Keith Brachold capped the outburst with back-to-back two-run hits that came with two outs.

Retherford lined a two-run double into left field with the bases loaded that gave F-M a 7-2 lead. Brachold followed Retherford with a two-run single into center field that staked the RedHawks a 9-2 edge.

“Seven runs (in an inning) usually takes the starch out of somebody,” Simunic said.

All nine RedHawks finished with hits, including five different players with multiple-hit games. Alberts mashed a solo home run in the second inning and scored three runs.

“This was a real big team win for us,” Alberts said. “It’s good to do against Winnipeg.”

RedHawks starter Paul Burnside (6-5) pitched five-plus innings to earn the victory. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits, but retired eight Winnipeg batters in a row at one point.

“Everybody did a good job of chipping in,” Simunic said.

NOTES: Left-hander Ethan Opsahl (0-0, 3.86 ERA) is slated to start today for the RedHawks. Winnipeg is expected to counter with left-hander Edgar Osuna (3-1, 1.45 ERA). … The RedHawks signed right-handed pitcher Kyle Kingsley prior to Saturday’s game. Kingsley completed his four-year college career at North Dakota State in late May. … Saturday’s sellout crowd of 5,135 fans was a season-high and also the eighth sellout this summer.

WINNIPEG REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Grahm cf 3 2 0 0 Pnprse ss 3 1 1 10

Ramon 3b 3 0 0 0 Bourqin 3b 5 1 3 0

Sadler dh 4 1 2 1 Jackson cf 4 1 1 0

Scoma lf 3 2 2 1 Rthrford 2b 5 2 1 3

Harther 1b 5 0 1 1 Brchold 1b 4 0 1 2

Mazzola ss 4 0 1 1 Alberts dh 5 3 4 1

Alen c 5 0 2 0 Pepkrn rf 5 2 3 2

Lentini rf 4 0 1 0 Enrtson lf 4 1 2 0

Mesqut 2b 4 0 0 0 Jennings c 4 1 2 3

Totals 35 5 9 4 Totals 39 12 18 12

WINNIPEG 100 120 100 –5 9 2

FARGO 110 070 30x –12 18 0

E–Graham (2), Scoma (2). LOB – Winnipeg 11, RedHawks 7. DP –Winnipeg 3, RedHawks 0. 2b – Sadler (16), Mazzola (17), Alen (11), Lentini (20), Retherford (17), Alberts (20). HR-Alberts (13). SB-Graham 2 (21), Scoma (5), Penprase (30), Retherford (7). CS –Einertson (1).

WINNIPEG

IP H R ER BB SO

Gehle, L 3Xc 10 8 8 2 2

Jackson 3Zc 6 4 3 0 1

Aguilar 1 2 0 0 1 1

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Burnside, W 5 7 4 4 2 3

Harris 2 1 1 1 2 3

Kingsley 2 1 0 0 1 0

Umpires–Home: Sheets. First: Pascucci. Third: Krauss. Time–3:05. A–5,135.


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