RedHawks lose big leads but hang on to edge Chicago for ninth-straight win
Chicago rebounded three times from deficits of five or more runs but couldn't overcome Fargo-Moorhead in a one-run game Saturday at Impact Field.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Fargo-Moorhead nearly lost leads of seven, six and five runs but never let Chicago climb all the way back in and won its ninth-straight game, 9-8, on Saturday before 5,938 at Impact Field.
The RedHawks led 6-0 after 2-1/2 innings, they led 9-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, and they had a 9-4 lead through six.
Chicago's four-run seventh tightened things up considerable but RedHawks' reliever Tanner Riley stranded a runner in the eighth and got out of the ninth with Dogs runners on the corners to pick up the win.
The RedHawks did all their damage in three, three-run innings. John Silviano hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Ben Livorsi hit a three-run shot in the third inning for the 6-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Manny Boscan doubled in two runs and Leo Pina singled in another run.
F-M escaped with the win despite a rough night for its pitchers. Starter Ben Allison and relievers Brady Stover and Luke Lind combined to allow eight earned runs on eight hits in seven innings and they issued eight walks. In all, the Dogs drew 10 walks.
Silviano and Livorsi both had two hits and three RBIs, Pina had two hits and an RBI, Boscan drove in two and Drew Ward had two hits.
The RedHawks have won their last five games against East Division-leading Chicago, and the teams wrap up their three-game set at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Impact Field.
The RedHawks are 58-28 and lead the West Division by 3-1/2 games over Kansas City with 14 regular-season games remaining.
Six of Fargo-Moorhead's remaining games are at home — all during a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday — but they finish with seven-straight on the road, including the final four games in Kansas City.