RedHawks bats rally behind sturdy bullpen for win in Chicago
Fargo-Moorhead's Alex DuBord and Ryan Flores shut down the Dogs and the RedHawks got their bats going in the victory.
CHICAGO — Fargo-Moorhead rebounded from a slow start and took the lead for good on Will Zimmerman's three-run home run in the sixth as the RedHawks avoided a Chicago sweep with an 8-4 win on Thursday at Impact Field.
For the second time in a week, the RedHawks avoided a sweep by taking the final game of the series. The RedHawks are 17-11, tied for second in the North Division with Milwaukee (16-10), one-half game behind Chicago (18-11).
F-M returns to Newman Outdoor Field to open a weekend series against Sioux Falls at 7:02 p.m. Friday, May 18. It will be the first time since the 2019 season that full capacity will be allowed at Newman.
On Thursday, as they had the first two games against the Dogs, the RedHawks fell behind early, trailing 3-0 after the first inning. Starter Gage Hinsz had a tough outing, leaving with one out in the fourth after giving up four runs on four hits and six walks.
But reliever Alex DuBord settled things down on the defensive end, allowing just two hits in 3-1/3 scoreless innings and striking out five. DuBord got the win and Ryan Flores pitched perfect ball over the final 2-1/3 innings, striking out five.
The solid bullpen work gave F-M time to get its bats going, as John Silviano, Sam Dexter and Alex Boxwell all drove in fourth inning runs to tie it 3-3.
After Chicago regained the lead in the fourth, Zimmerman connected on a three-run shot to put the RedHawks up 6-4, and they added insurance runs in the seventh on Dexter's RBI single and in the ninth on Jordan George's solo home run.
George had three hits and Zimmerman, Leo Pina, Silviano and Dexter all had two hits.