GENEVA, Ill. — Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter Kevin McGovern made history Saturday night against the Kane County Cougars. The left-hander struck out 10 batters to set an American Association baseball record for career strikeouts and lead the RedHawks to a 5-1 victory at Northwestern Medicine Field.
McGovern has 704 strikeouts in his American Association career. He surpassed former Sioux Falls pitcher Ben Moore (2008-11, 2013-14) who had 701 strikeouts in his career.
“To do what he did and against a team like that was really impressive," RedHawks manager Chris Coste said during his postgame radio interview on 740-AM The Fan. "An awesome night for the RedHawks and an awesome night for Kevin McGovern.”
McGovern (4-0) earned the complete-game victory, allowing one earned run on three hits. He walked one batter to go along with his double-digit strikeouts.
RedHawks outfielder Nick Shumpert belted a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Leo Pina had an RBI single and Jordan George added a run-scoring double to give F-M a 3-1 lead. RedHawks catcher Dylan Kelly added a two-run double in the eighth inning for a 5-1 lead.
The lone run McGovern allowed came on a Gavin LaValley home run in the second inning. McGovern struck out the side in the ninth inning to cap his stellar start. He struck out Kane County's Anthony Ray to lead off the ninth inning to break Moore's record before adding to more strikeouts.
The RedHawks (12-5) have won two in a row, remaining in first place in the North Division.