Gary's four-run eighth inning prevents a RedHawk sweep
The RailCats' big inning broke open a tied game on Wednesday afternoon and Fargo-Moorhead had to be content taking two of three games in the series.
FARGO — Gary SouthShore broke open a tied game in a four-run eighth inning and the RailCats prevented a Fargo-Moorhead sweep with a 6-3 win on Wednesday before a matinee crowd of 3,057 at Newman Outdoor Field.
The RedHawks and RailCats were tied 2-2 through seven innings but Gary surged ahead thanks to Nate Scantlin's run-scoring single, a Michael Woodworth sacrifice fly and Jesus Marriaga's two-run double.
The RedHawks had a big threat going in the ninth. Sam Dexter walked to lead off and Evan Alexander singled. Ben Livorsi's one-out single loaded the bases and Dexter then scored on Peter Maris' sacrifice fly to right. Manny Boscan drew a two-out walk to reload the bases but Gary reliever Trevor Simms got Drew Ward to bounce into a force at third to end the game.
Maris also hit his 18th home run of the season in the first inning and Leo Pina was 2-for-3 and scored a run in the seventh. Alexander, Nick Novak and Livorsi had the only other RedHawks hits.
F-M reliever Luke Lind, who got nicked for all four RailCats runs in the eighth, took the loss.
The RedHawks entered the game having won 11 of their previous 12, including the first two games of the three-game series against Gary.
The RedHawks play their final regular-season home games in a three-game set against Winnipeg, beginning with a 7:02 p.m. game on Friday, Aug. 26, at Newman.