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Fargo-Moorhead’s Taylor Stanton pitched seven innings against St. Paul on Monday at Newman Outdoor Field. David Samson / The Forum

Stanton pitches gem to spark RedHawks to victory

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FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic liked the Taylor Stanton he saw Monday night at Newman Outdoor Field. Stanton looked a lot more like 2013 version.

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The reigning pitcher of the year in the American Association pitched seven strong innings against the St. Paul Saints. Stanton’s effort fueled the RedHawks to an 8-1 victory before 3,098 fans.

“He got himself back to a little normal-type style he pitches,” Simunic said. “I thought he was very economical, but very solid.”

Stanton scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing one run. The right-hander struck out three and walked one batter. Stanton threw 91 pitches, including 58 strikes, to earn his first victory this season.

“We did a little bit better job of mixing up the speeds, threw a few more changeups than we normally throw and we busted out his curveball that he hadn’t thrown all year,” RedHawks catcher Petey Paramore said.

The RedHawks (22-15) won their second consecutive game, and are alone in second place in the North Division behind Winnipeg. The Saints (20-15) dropped to third place in the division. Monday was the start of a four-game series against the Saints.

“It’s big because you’re playing a rival … and it’s a tight race in our division,” Simunic said.

Paramore helped spark the RedHawks offense early in the game with a two-out, two-run single to center field. Those two RBIs capped a three-run third inning and gave F-M a 3-1 lead, one it would never relinquish. Paramore reached base four times against the Saints, including two singles and two walks.

“We got a big hit from Petey,” Simunic said. “He’s a good hitter when he is patient.”

St. Paul pitchers combined to walk 12 batters. The RedHawks took advantage, as five of those free passes came around to score.

“Those walks came in big,” Simunic said.

While the game started on time, there was a power outage at Newman Outdoor Field. The stadium power, however, was restored in the bottom of the second inning.

Coincidentally, the next inning is when the RedHawks started to power up on offense, scoring their first three runs. F-M left fielder Sawyer Carroll stretched the lead to 5-1 in the fifth inning, belting a two-run home run over the wall in right field. F-M added two more runs in the sixth inning on a C.J. Retherford two-run single. Retherford added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to make it an 8-1 advantage.

Carroll led the RedHawks with three hits and finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Carroll and Retherford both had three RBIs.

“We’re making our hits count,” Paramore said. “At times this season, we probably haven’t given Stanton as much run support as we should.”

NOTES: Left-hander Jake Laber (5-1, 3.48 ERA) is set to start today for the RedHawks. St. Paul is expected to counter with right-hander Nick Barnese (3-2, 3.49 ERA). … Simunic returned to the dugout Monday after missing the previous three games. He didn’t make the trip to Wichita for that three-game series, which concluded Sunday, after he was suspended two games for making contact with an umpire.

ST. PAUL                    REDHAWKS

                 ab   r   h   bi                    ab    r  h   bi

Taylor 2b   4  0   1    0  Pnprse ss    3   3  1    0

Bonfe 3b     4  0   1    0  Brqun 3b      1   3  0    0

Bigley lf      3  0   0    0  Crrll lf          4   2  3    3

Wrgly 1b    4  1   1    0  Rthrfrd 1b    3   0  2    3

Tripp rf       4  0   2    0  Jacksn cf     5   0  0    0

Cbrra dh    3  0   0    0  Prmr c         2   0  2    2

Songco cf   4  0   1    0  Albrts rf       3   0  0    0

Bcker ss    4  0   2    1  Newtn 2b     3   0  0    0

Childs c     3  0   0    0  Higgs dh      4   0  0    0

Totals      33  1   8    1  Totals       28   8  8    8

SP                      010   000     000–1    8    0

FM                     003   022     01x–8    8    0

2B–Carroll (9). HR–Carroll (3). HP–Bigley (3), Cabrera (2). SF–Retherford (4). LOB–St. Paul 8, F-M 9. DP–St. Paul 2, F-M 2.

ST. PAUL

                           IP      H      R    ER   BB    SO

Coe, L                 5       4       5        5       8       5

Gay                     3       4       3        3       4       1

REDHAWKS

                           IP      H      R    ER   BB    SO

Stanton                7       6       1        1       1       3

Harris                 2       2       0        0       0       0

Umpires–Home: Frame. First: Childe. Third: Montgomery. Time–2:39. A–3,098.

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Eric Peterson
Peterson covers small college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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