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RedHawks' losing slide continues against Gary SouthShore

RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson makes a diving catch for an out during an American Association baseball game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday. Nick Wagner / The Forum

FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic used words like perplexing, demoralizing and humbling to describe his team’s recent struggles, which continued Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

Gary SouthShore scored four runs in the second inning to spark a 9-5 victory in American Association baseball before 4,069 fans.

“Call it what you want to call it,” Simunic said. “The last (13 games), it’s just been a nightmare.”

The RedHawks (25-26) have lost 11 of 13, including their past four games. F-M, which fell below the .500 mark for the first time this season, has lost its past six homes games.

RedHawks starter Drew Bowlin (2-3) entered Tuesday with a stellar 2.51 ERA, but lasted three-plus innings in his seventh start this season. The right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits as his season ERA jumped to 3.44. In his previous four outings, Bowlin pitched at least six innings.

“It was just an off night, a little bit up in the zone,” RedHawks catcher Petey Paramore said of Bowlin. “He kind of compounded himself in that one inning. … Sometimes it’s hard to find out there, but he is a professional. He’ll come back ready to throw again.”

Gary SouthShore got to Bowlin in the second inning, scoring four runs on five hits. Zac Mitchell capped the rally with a two-out double to left field that plated two runs and gave the RailCats a 4-0 lead. On the play, RedHawks left fielder Sawyer Carroll made a diving attempt on the sinking liner, but came up empty. F-M got no closer than within three runs of the lead after that early Gary SouthShore rally.

“I can’t really put my finger on it to a certain degree,” Simunic said. “It’s not hitting on all cylinders.”

Carroll and Paramore each cracked solo home runs for the RedHawks. F-M scored in five innings, but was unable to mount a multiple-run rally. In contrast, the RailCats scored at least two runs in three innings.

“We get a couple hits here and there, scored some single runs, but we gave up a crooked number,” Simunic said. “We’re just giving some of these games away. We’re not gelling.”

The RedHawks made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s game, signing first baseman Erik Castro, who has Triple-A experience. Castro, who batted seventh in the lineup, was 0-for-3 in his debut. He reached base once after being hit by a pitch.

The RedHawks were eight games above .500 in late June. They had a 23-15 record after a 5-3 home victory against St. Paul on June 24. That was the team’s last home victory, and F-M has been in a tailspin since.

“We’ve got to do everything a little bit better,” Paramore said.

“We’ve just got to keep putting them out there,” Simunic said. “I don’t have a lot of people waiting around to play, sitting on the bench.”

NOTES: Right-hander Taylor Stanton (2-5, 3.72 ERA) is set to start today for the RedHawks. Gary SouthShore is expected to counter with right-hander Morgan Coombs (4-4, 4.59 ERA). … The RedHawks released outfielder Tim Alberts prior to Tuesday’s game. Alberts batted .225 with six extra-base hits in 47 games this season.

GARY                          REDHAWKS

                 ab   r   h   bi                    ab    r  h   bi

Pulfer 3b    4  2   1    1  Crrll 1b-lf    5   1  1    1

Mrtnz rf      4  2   2    0  Pnprs ss      4   0  3    0

Mtchl 2b     4  0   1    2  Jcksn cf       5   0  1    1

Bbnea dh    3  1   1    1  Rthfd 1b-2b 5   0  0    0

Mddx c       5  0   1    2  Brqun 3b      4   1  1    0

Bckmn 1b  5  1   1    0  Prmr c         3   2  1    1

Rmnski lf   3  1   1    0  Castro dh    3   0  0    0

Brcktt ss    4  1   1    0  Rbnsn rf      3   1  2    1

Muren cf    4  1   2    2  Kskdn 2b     3   0  0    0

                                      Higgs lf-ph  1   0  0    0

Totals      36  9 11    8  Totals       36   5  9    4

G                        041   202     000–9  11    2

FM                     010   011     110–5    9    1

2B–Martinez 2 (9), Mitchell (9), Maddox (14). HR–Muren (4), Carroll (4), Paramore (5). SB–Maddox (2), Penprase (11). CS–Banineau (4), Romanski (1). HP–Castro (1). LOB–G 6, FM 10. E–Pulfer (11), Romanski (2), Carroll (2). DP–G 1, FM 1.


                           IP      H      R    ER   BB    SO

Bougher, W     6Z\c       6       4        4       3       3

Hopkins             X\c       1       0        0       1       0

Brahney              1       1       1        0       1       2

Gibbons              1       1       0        0       0       1


                           IP      H      R    ER   BB    SO

Bowlin, L             3       7       7        6       4       1

Erasmus             5       4       2        2       1       2

Camilli                1       0       0        0       1       2

Umpires–Home: Thigpen. First: Burch. Third: Wilmes. Time–3:08. A–4,069.

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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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