RedHawks blank Canaries to inch closer to clinching playoff berth
After its win Wednesday, Fargo-Moorhead's magic number to secure a spot in the American Association postseason is down to one.
FARGO — Kevin McGovern pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Fargo-Moorhead inched closer to a postseason berth with a 7-0 win over Sioux Falls on Wednesday at Newman Outdoor Field.
The RedHawks own the American Association's best record at 55-28 and their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is one. F-M could have wrapped up the spot with a Lincoln loss Wednesday but the Saltdogs held off Sioux City 5-4.
The RedHawks have won six straight during a seven-game homestand, which wraps at 7:02 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, with the fourth game of a four-game set against the Canaries at Newman.
On Wednesday, McGovern improved to 9-3 and lowered his earned-run average to 3.49 with his stellar start. He didn't issue a walk and struck out seven. Luke Lind allowed a lead-off single in the ninth but set down the next three Canaries to close out the victory.
The RedHawks scored twice in the second inning when Leo Pina doubled to lead off and John Silviano hit a two-run home run. In the third, same thing, different players: Peter Maris hit a leadoff double and Manny Boscan homered.
In the fourth, Boscan doubled in Christian Correa to make it 5-0, and the sixth inning played out a lot like the second and third: Evan Alexander singled with one out and Correa hit a two-run homer.
Boscan was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, Alexander and Maris both had two hits and Silviano and Correa both had two RBIs.
In Tuesday's 9-5 over the Canaries, eight of F-M's 12 hits were extra base hits. On Wednesday, six of their 10 hits went for extra bases.