RedHawks Take Early Lead, Win Series –

RedHawks Take Early Lead, Win Series –
RedHawks Take Early Lead, Win Series –

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (30-21) jumped out to a five-run lead and defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 8-5 at Blue Cross Park Sunday afternoon. Fargo-Moorhead won the series two games to one.

Box score

Right fielder Ismael Alcántara gave the RedHawks a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a double down the left-field line, scoring catcher Parker Stroh.

The visitors extended their lead to three with two outs in the fourth inning when left fielder Jake Hjelle hit a two-run homerun to left.

Fargo-Moorhead added a pair in the fifth inning when Alcántara hit a two-run homer to left field to make it 5-0.

The Goldeyes (26-26) got those two runs back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-run single to left by left fielder Miles Simington. Designated hitter Ramón Bramasco and first baseman Roby Enríquez came around to score and make it 5-2 RedHawks.

Fargo-Moorhead first baseman Marcus Chiu drove in second baseman Peter Brookshaw and designated hitter Drew Ward with a double to left field in the eighth inning, before Chiu drove in a single to left by third baseman CJ Valdez to make it 8-2.

Once again, the Goldeyes answered in their next at bat, with center fielder Cadyn Schwabe hitting a single to center that catcher Rob Emery drove in. Third baseman Dayson Croes then sprinted home on Bramasco’s sacrifice fly to left to cut the RedHawks’ lead to 8-4.

Winnipeg managed to score one more run with two outs in the ninth inning when right fielder Max Murphy crossed the plate on Croes’ single to left. Fargo-Moorhead closer Alex DuBord was able to retire the next batter, second baseman Keshawn Lynch, to end the game.

Nile Ball (W, 1-0), making his first start for the RedHawks, surrendered two runs on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out five and issued three free passes.

Colton Eastman (L, 2-8) allowed five runs – all earned – on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and did not allow a hit. Tasker Strobel and Ben Onyshko appeared in relief for the Goldeyes.

Winnipeg, which left eight runners on base on Saturday, stranded another 11 on Sunday.

“It was a good battle today. Offensively, we just didn’t have that clutch hit when we needed to,” Goldeyes manager Logan Watkins said. “It was a tough week, it’s always tough when you travel and you don’t get a day off. You get right into the next series and the day off on Monday will really help us, especially resetting our bullpen.”

The Goldeyes have Monday off before opening a three-game series against the Kansas City Monarchs at Blue Cross Park Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Zac Reininger (4-3, 4.26 ERA) will start for Winnipeg, while Kansas City is expected to send left-hander Michael Watson (0-1, 1.50 ERA) to the mound.