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Winnipeg overpowers RedHawks for 11th consecutive victory

Fargo-Moorhead’s Travis Higgs is tagged out by Winnipeg’s Brock Bond on a stolen base attempt on Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO – The Winnipeg Goldeyes made franchise history Sunday afternoon, and kept the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks reeling.

The Goldeyes rallied for 10 runs in the ninth inning to power their way to a 14-4 victory in American Association baseball before 2,957 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.

The Goldeyes (34-14) have won 11 consecutive games, a franchise-best winning streak. The RedHawks (25-25) have lost 10 of their past 12 games, with seven of those losses coming against rival Winnipeg.

“They are playing really well and it’s tough because we’ve kind of hit a little rut,” RedHawks third baseman Ronnie Bourquin said of the surging Goldeyes. “Unfortunately for us, we’ve had to play Winnipeg (which) is playing really, really well right now.”

The RedHawks have an off day today before starting a three-game series against Gary SouthShore at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday at Newman.

“We’ve got an off day (today), which probably couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Bourquin, who went 0-for-4 on Sunday. “It gives a chance for everybody to recharge their batteries and come in fresh on Tuesday.”

The RedHawks won their first two games against Winnipeg this season. However, the Goldeyes have won the past eight meetings, including Sunday’s victory that capped a three-game series sweep at Newman. Winnipeg has a 21-9 road record this season.

The RedHawks are 10 games behind first-place Winnipeg in the North Division. The Goldeyes have the best record in the American Association.

“They’re good and we’re not so good,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of Winnipeg. “We’ve got to find a way to be good in the last 50 games. If we can’t do that, then that will pretty much tell the story. We’ve got to do something unordinary, but it’s something we’ve done in the past.”

The Goldeyes took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning after first baseman Casey Haerther cracked a two-out, two-run single into left field, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Haerther leads the league with a .425 batting average.

Winnipeg put the game away with a 10-spot in the ninth inning. All runs were scored with two outs. Center fielder Reggie Abercrombie sparked the rally with a two-run home run to right-center field that gave the Goldeyes a 6-3 lead.

“We were right there in it going into the last inning and the wheels kind of fell off,” Bourquin said. “They got a big hit from Abercrombie and it just kind of steamrolled from there.”

Right fielder Donnie Webb capped the ninth-inning scoring surge with a three-run home run to right field that gave the Goldeyes a 14-3 lead.

“I’m trying to figure it out,” Simunic said of possibly making roster moves. “There are not many hours between the time the game ends and the time the next one starts. I’m trying to do everything I can do. The availability of the really good players for me, it’s not there.”

The RedHawks have a 13-10 home record, losing their past five home games.

“We’re not executing, we’re not making pitches when we need to and we’re not getting clutch base hits when we need to,” Bourquin said. “We have to keep battling and keep trying to do the things that we do well, and hopefully things will turn around for us.”

RedHawks left-handed reliever Joe Harris came in to start the seventh inning Sunday, but was removed before he faced a batter. Simunic said Harris re-aggravated an oblique injury.


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Umpires–Home: Frame. First: Montgomery. Third: Childe. Time–3:00. A–2,957.

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers 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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