RedHawks' pitchers on their game in win over Goldeyes
Three Fargo-Moorhead pitchers held down Winnipeg's offense and the RedHawks came away with a win in Tuesday's series opener at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead starter Peyton Wigginton and relievers Joe Jones and Alex DuBord shut down Winnipeg, and the RedHawks generated just enough offense to down the Goldeyes 4-2 on Tuesday in a series-opener before 2,398 at Newman Outdoor Field.
Wigginton went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked three and had seven of the RedHawks' 10 strikeouts.
Jones pitched the eight, striking out two and DuBord allowed a hit and struck out one in the ninth to earn his American Association-leading 14th save.
The RedHawks staked Wigginton to a lead early.
After Winnipeg scored in the top of the first, Fargo-Moorhead's Peter Maris and Manny Boscan hit back-to-back singles, and Drew Ward walked to load the bases.
Leo Pina drove in Maris with fielder's choice, and Rymer Liriano's two-out walk loaded the bases again. Evan Alexander followed with a two-run single for a 3-1 lead.
Wigginton allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings after that. He gave up Logan Hill's leadoff solo homer in the top of the seventh and Deon Stafford followed with a single to left. But Liriano fielded the ball and gunned it to Maris at second to cut down Stafford trying to stretch it into a double. Wigginton got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning and his night.
Fargo-Moorhead got the run back in the home half when Sam Dexter doubled to lead off, moved to third on Maris' fly out to right and scored on Boscan's sacrifice fly.
Jone set the Goldeyes down in order in the eighth. DuBord allowed a leadoff single but got a strikeout and the RedHawks turned a double play to end the game.
The RedHawks improved to a league-best 34-13 and continue to lead the West Division. They play the Goldeyes in the second game of the three-game set at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Newman.