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Eric Peterson, Published August 28 2013

Big inning vaults Amarillo to victory against RedHawks

FARGO – Wednesday night at Newman Outdoor Field, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic saw glimpses of the Alex Caldera he would like to see in the postseason.

The RedHawks starter pitched six solid innings before running into trouble in the seventh inning. Amarillo took advantage, exploding for nine runs in the seventh en route to a 12-2 victory in American Association baseball before 3,321 fans.

“He threw his fastball good again and he had a good slider,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of Caldera. “If he can do that, he’s devastating.”

Caldera cruised through six innings, limiting the Sox to one run on three hits. Amarillo didn’t get its first hit until the fourth inning.

“He’s shown me he can get back to his old self the past two starts,” Simunic said.

Caldera (8-6) couldn’t keep it going in the seventh inning. The right-hander allowed four hits in that inning and walked one before he was lifted from the game. Right-hander Chris Bodishbaugh replaced Caldera. Bodishbaugh, however, continued his struggles with the RedHawks. F-M acquired Bodishbaugh on Aug. 16 from Sioux City via trade for two players to be named later.

Bodishbaugh pitched 1Xc innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits on Wednesday night. He walked two batters, struck out one and allowed one home run.

“He was good in Sioux City,” Simunic said. “He’s come here and he just hasn’t been able to do anything. It wasn’t something we were forecasting. Now we don’t know what we are going to do there.”

Bodishbaugh had a 3-1 record with a 1.86 ERA in 32 games with Sioux City. He has a 15.00 ERA in the five appearances he’s made with the RedHawks.

“We’re reeling a little bit,” Simunic said. “We thought he would be a big contributor and he’s just not done it.”

Simunic expects Caldera to be the team’s No. 2 starter for the playoffs, backing staff ace Taylor Stanton.

The RedHawks had four hits against Sioux City on Wednesday, scoring both runs on solo home runs. F-M had a 2-0 lead through five innings.

“When we sputter, we sputter,” Simunic said. “Tonight, we just didn’t do enough offensively.”

NOTES: Right-hander Brian Ernst (6-2, 4.26 ERA) is set to start today for the RedHawks. Amarillo is expected to counter with right-hander Ryan Mitchell (8-5, 4.03 ERA). … The RedHawks have a 30-18 record at Newman Outdoor Field this season. They have a 29-18 road record.

AMARILLO REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Vlncia cf 5 1 1 2 Pnps ss 4 0 1 0

Grssmn c 3 2 0 0 Brquin 3b 3 0 0 0

Patton rf 4 2 3 4 Jcksn cf 4 0 0 0

Nchls 1b 5 1 2 1 Rthrfd 2b 4 1 1 1

Weik dh 5 1 2 2 Brchld 1b 4 0 0 0

Serna ss 5 1 0 0 Albrts dh 4 0 1 0

Dlgdo 3b 3 1 2 2 Ssnskie rf 3 0 0 0

Lomack 2b 1 0 0 0 Hrndz lf 3 1 1 1

Martin lf 5 1 2 1 Jnnngs c 3 0 0 0

Totals 39 12 13 12 Totals 32 2 4 2

A 000 001 920–12 13 0

FM 000 110 000–2 4 1

2B–Patton (37), Martin (10). HR–Patton (11), Retherford (8), Hernandez (7). SB–Ford (7), Bourquin (2). HP–Patton (5). LOB–Amarillo 5, RedHawks 4. E–Retherford (14). DP–RedHawks 2.

AMARILLO

IP H R ER BB SO

R. Mitchell, W 6 4 2 2 1 7

J. Mitchell 2 0 0 0 0 3

Larkins 1 0 0 0 0 2

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Caldera, L 6Zc 7 6 6 2 6

Bodishbaugh 1Xc 6 6 3 2 1

Opsahl 1 0 0 0 0 2

Umpires–Home: Linton. First: Sheets. Third: Stegner. Time–2:39. A–3,321.

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