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Eric Peterson, Published August 25 2013

Kansas City powers past RedHawks at Newman

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks remained stuck on one – their magic number for clinching the American Association North Division championship.

Justin Bass smacked a two-run triple in the eighth inning that lifted the Kansas City T-Bones to a 7-5 victory on a steamy Sunday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field before 3,073 fans.

The RedHawks (58-35) have lost two consecutive games, missing two chances to clinch the division title. F-M has today off before it opens a four-game home series against Amarillo on Tuesday. The RedHawks have seven games remaining in the regular season and have a six-game division lead over second-place Winnipeg.

“Tuesday night we’ll start again,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “We went out in order a few too many times today. We need to get the lead. We need to put the pressure on somebody.”

Kansas City forged into the lead for good with a three-run second inning. Right fielder Luis Rivera started the rally with a two-run double. Bass capped the rally with an RBI groundout to give the T-Bones a 3-1 lead.

RedHawks ace Taylor Stanton pitched seven innings, but allowed five runs on eight hits, including one home run. Stanton, a right-hander, hadn’t allowed more than one run in a start since July 25.

Stanton’s ERA jumped to 2.48, but he still leads the American Association in that category.

“We couldn’t throw his breaking ball early,” Jennings said of Stanton. “He couldn’t get a feel for it because he was really sweating. That curveball is a big pitch for him. … After that, he settled in and we got it going.”

The RedHawks cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth inning after Jeremiah Piepkorn cracked a two-run home run over the wall in left field. However, Bass countered with a two-out, two-run triple in the eighth inning to give Kansas City a 7-4 lead. Those proved to be the game-winning runs.

The T-Bones scored 17 runs on 28 hits in the final two games of the three-game series with the RedHawks.

“We’ve giving up a lot of hits over the last two games, that’s concerning,” Simunic said. “That means you’re not finishing people.”

KANSAS CITY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bss 1b-lf 5 0 1 3 Pnprse ss 4 0 1 0

Ghght cf-lf 3 0 0 0 Borquin 3b 2 1 0 1

Perez dh 5 1 3 0 Jackson cf 4 1 1 1

Clmn 1b-c 5 0 2 0 Rethrfrd 2b 3 0 0 0

B.Jnes 3b 4 2 2 1 Pepkorn dh 4 1 1 2

Pramore c 3 1 2 1 Brachold 1b 4 1 1 1

K.Jones cf 2 1 1 0 Alberts rf 4 0 0 0

Molina ss 3 2 0 0 Hrnandez lf 3 1 0 0

Rivera rf 4 0 1 2 Jennings c 2 0 0 0

Davis 2b 4 0 0 0

Totals 38 7 12 7 Totals 30 5 4 5

K. CITY 031 010 020 –7 12 0

REDHAWKS 101 002 001 –5 4 1

E–Harris (1). LOB-RedHawks 4, Kansas City 8. DP-RedHawks 2, Kansas City 0. 2B-Perez (25), Paramore (9), Rivera (6). 3B-Bass (2). HR-B.Jones (13), Jackson (11), Piepkorn (3), Brachold (12). SB-Penprase (39), Hernandez (9).

KANSAS CITY

IP H R ER BB SO

Loggins,W 6 3 4 4 3 5

Picht 1 0 0 0 1 1

Jimenez 1 0 0 0 1 1

Robinson, S 1 1 1 1 0 1

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Stanton, L 7 8 5 5 2 7

Harris 1 2 2 0 0 1

Kilcrease 1 2 0 0 0 0

Umpires–Home: Hicks. First: Morgan. Third: Durante. Time–2:44. A–3,073.


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