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Fellman, RedHawks win in blowout against Gary

The role of starting pitcher seems to suit Nick Fellman just fine. A closer and set-up man for most of his pitching career, Fellman allowed six hits and one earned run in seven innings en route to his second win of the season as a starter in an 1...

The role of starting pitcher seems to suit Nick Fellman just fine.

A closer and set-up man for most of his pitching career, Fellman allowed six hits and one earned run in seven innings en route to his second win of the season as a starter in an 18-1 Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks victory Tuesday against Gary SouthShore before 4,267 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.

The RedHawks take on the RailCats at 7:02 p.m. today in the second of a three-game Northern League series.

"I'm still learning, just trying to get my pitch count up," said Fellman, who racked up 24 saves in 66 relief appearances the last two years in the Atlanta Braves organization. "I'm learning how to pitch when I'm at 85-90 pitches, and learning how to get people out without my best stuff. It's been a lot of fun and it's been a good experience.

"I can't wait to do it more."

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Fellman tossed 34 pitches as he labored through the first two innings. However, the right-handed pitcher helped maintain a 3-1 lead when he snared a line drive up the middle off the bat of Mike Massaro to start an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the second.

It was all downhill from there.

The 23-year-old Fellman retired 14 of 16 batters from the third through the seventh inning to limit the RailCats' scoring opportunities. Fellman didn't allow a runner to reach second base after the third inning.

Fellman came out of the bullpen twice before he made the first start of his pro career with the RedHawks on May 24 against Gary.

He has a 3.59 earned run average in five starts. Fellman, who was recruited as a third baseman before being moved to relief pitcher at Minnesota State Mankato, has allowed four earned runs over his last three appearances as the team's No. 5 starter.

"For a guy who's learning on the job to be a starter, he's doing a nice job," Fargo-Moorhead manager Doug Simunic said.

Fargo-Moorhead's bats continued to light up the scoreboard Tuesday.

The 18 runs was the team's highest scoring output of the season.

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Third baseman Yurendell DeCaster drilled a two-run homer in the fourth to put Fargo-Moorhead ahead 7-1. He hit another two-run bomb to make the score 18-1 in the eighth. DeCaster leads the league with 41 RBIs in 33 games.

He has driven in 20 runs in the last nine games.

The RedHawks have scored 10 runs or more in five of the last 10 games.

Each of Fargo-Moorhead's position players recorded at least one hit.

Catcher Alan Rick was 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

Gary SouthShore starter Tony Cogan allowed 10 earned runs and 14 hits in 5Xc innings.

"Our offense is clicking now," Fellman said. "Just keep that rolling, get good pitching and we'll be fine."

RedHawks 18, Gary SouthShore 1

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The RedHawks took an 18-1 lead with a seven-run eighth inning.

F-M third baseman Yurendell DeCaster, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth to make the score

7-1 and a two-run homer in the eighth to make it

18-1, has driven in 20 runs in his last nine games.

The win was RedHawks starting pitcher Nick Fellman's first since May 30 against Gary SouthShore.

First baseman Randall Simon put the RedHawks ahead 2-1 with a two-run single in the first.

F-M designated hitter Ruben Salazar has a July 1 meeting scheduled at the U.S. consulate in Venezuela to get his visa. Salazar could be allowed to pick up the visa on July 2, and be on a plane bound for the United States shortly after.

GARY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Massro lf 4 1 2 0 Coles lf 6 1 2 2

Carrra 3b 4 0 1 0 Pnprse ss 6 3 4 2

McNme 2b 3 0 1 0 Jckson cf 6 2 3 1

Haake rf 3 0 1 1 DeCstr 3b 5 4 3 4

Gurrro dh 4 0 0 0 Simon 1b 6 1 2 2

Rohde 1b 4 0 0 0 Piepkorn rf 3 2 1 0

Bechum ss 3 0 0 0 Cota 2b 4 2 2 2

Esquer c 4 0 1 0 Rick c 5 1 4 4

Marconi cf 2 0 0 0 Zmmrn dh 4 2 2 0

Totals 31 1 6 1 Totals 45 18 23 17

Gary 100 000 000- 1 6 2

RedHawks 311 204 07x-18 23 0

E-Carrara (2), Esquer (5). DP-Gary 1, RedHawks 1. LOB-Gary 7, RedHawks 8. 2B-Penprase (6), DeCaster (12), Rick (6). HR-DeCaster 2 (12). HBP-Piepkorn, Cota. SH-McNamee. SB-Penprase (11), DeCaster (9).

GARY

IP H R ER BB SO

Cogan L,2-5 5Xc 14 11 10 3 1

Rollin 2Zc 9 7 7 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Fellman W,2-3 7 6 1 1 3 4

Mossey 1 0 0 0 0 2

Stanton 1 0 0 0 0 2

Umpires-Home: Himmanen. First: Turner. Third: Molden. Time-2:47. A-4,267.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler's blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com

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