Behind Kevin McGovern, RedHawks rebound to down Chicago in homestand opener
The RedHawks' veteran starter and two relievers tamed the Dogs in the first of game of a seven-game homestand on Friday.
FARGO — After a rough outing the night before, the Fargo-Moorhead pitching staff turned in a solid performance Friday and the RedHawks bested Chicago 4-2 before 3,686 at Newman Outdoor Field.
RedHawks pitchers surrendered 16 hits and walked seven in a 12-5 loss at Lincoln on Thursday. Veteran starter Kevin McGovern righted the ship on Friday.
McGovern went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to improve to 8-3. He didn't issue a walk and struck out nine.
Joe Jones walked two but struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning and Alex DuBord allowed a hit but also struck out two in the ninth to earn his 21st save.
Chicago scored in the first but F-M's Leo Pina tied with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
Peter Maris singled in the go-ahead run in the fourth and the RedHawks scored two more in the sixth. Sam Dexter walked to lead off and moved to third on Evan Alexander's single. After Alexander was caught stealing, Nick Novak walked and Dexter then scored and on Christian Correa's sacrifice. Peter Maris followed with a single to drive in Novak.
Maris was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Drew Ward was 4-for-4 and Alexander and Correa both had two hits.
The RedHawks, the West Division leaders, and the East-leading Dogs play the second of a three game set at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Newman. The RedHawks' seven-game homestand includes four games against Sioux Falls on Aug. 15-18.