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Eric Peterson, Published August 24 2013

Jones' three home runs power Kansas City past RedHawks

FARGO – Brandon Jones put the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ division-clinching hopes on hold Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field.

Jones blasted three home runs to power the Kansas City T-Bones to a 10-3 victory in American Association baseball before an announced crowd of 4,035 fans.

The RedHawks (58-34) magic number for clinching the North Division remained at one with second-place Winnipeg winning its game Saturday night at Sioux Falls.

“We were just flat,” RedHawks catcher Todd Jennings said. “It’s the dog days of summer I guess.”

The ace of the F-M staff is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. today as the RedHawks and T-Bones conclude their three-game series. RedHawks right-hander Taylor Stanton

(8-3, 2.23) leads the American Association in ERA.

“We’ve got to hope our ace can step up and do it,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of clinching the division. “I’m not fixated on it, but I want to play good enough to do that and get a little momentum going (into the playoffs) at the same time.”

Jones started his home-run barrage by leading off the second inning with a blast over the wall in left field. He added a towering, two-run clout in the fifth inning that gave the T-Bones a 4-2 lead. That proved to be the game-winning hit.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jones capped his evening with a solo home run in the seventh inning that gave the T-Bones a 6-3 lead. Jones, who started the season with Amarillo, hadn’t hit a home run since July 29. He now has 12 this season.

“We didn’t pitch good enough, we didn’t hit good enough, we made a lot of errors,” Simunic said. “We didn’t do anything very good.”

RedHawks starter Danny Gutierrez (0-2) was tagged with the loss. The right-hander allowed four runs, three of which were earned, in five innings. Jones hit two of his home runs off Gutierrez.

“Not much on his fastball … and if he’s not painting with his breaking ball he’s going to have issues,” Simunic said. “He wasn’t painting. It was just one of those games.”

The RedHawks announced a flurry of player moves prior to Saturday’s game. They acquired outfielder Jose Hernandez from the St. Paul Saints, placed veteran outfielder Mitch Einertson on the inactive list and released right-handed reliever Mackenzie King.

Hernandez wasn’t in the lineup Saturday, but is expected to make his F-M debut today.

“We’ll regroup,” said Jennings, who went 0-for-3 on Saturday. “Stanton is throwing. Hopefully we clinch (today) and enjoy our day off on Monday.”

NOTES: Kansas City is expected to start right-hander Dustin Loggins (6-5, 4.15 ERA) today. … The RedHawks have a 29-16 home record this season. They have a 29-18 road record.

KANSAS CITY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Gathrght 6 1 2 1 Pnprs ss 4 0 1 0

Bass lf 4 0 0 0 Brquin 3b 3 1 1 1

Jones cf 5 0 1 1 Jacksn cf 4 0 0 0

Prmore 1b 1 0 0 0 Rthrfrd 2b 4 0 0 0

Perez 1b 4 1 2 1 Ppkrn 2b 4 0 0 0

Jones 3b 6 3 3 4 Brchld 1b 3 1 1 0

Colemn c 3 2 1 1 Albrts dh 4 1 2 2

Molina ss 6 0 1 0 Ssnskie lf 3 0 0 0

Rivera rf 4 2 3 1 Jnnngs c 3 0 0 0

Davis 2b 4 1 3 0

Totals 43 10 16 9 Totals 32 3 5 3

KC 020 021 203–10 16 1

FM 020 001 000–3 5 4

2B–Coleman (6). HR–Jones 3 (12), Bourquin (15), Alberts (15). SB–Retherford (12). SF–Rivera (1). HP–Brachold (7). LOB–Kansas City 15, RedHawks 4. E–Davis (5), Bourquin (16), Jackson (3), Retherford 2 (13).

KANSAS CITY

IP H R ER BB SO

Garceau, W 7 5 3 3 1 4

Joyce 1 0 0 0 0 1

Hildebrand 1 0 0 0 0 1

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Gutierrez, L 5 6 4 3 3 4

Opsahl Xc 3 1 1 0 1

Miramontes 1Zc 3 2 1 1 2

Bodishbaugh 2 4 3 3 4 4

Umpires–Home: Durante. First: Hicks. Third: Morgan. Time–2:55. A–4,035.

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