RedHawks tear into Sioux Falls bullpen, win fourth in a row at home
Canaries starter Ty Culbreth shut down Fargo-Moorhead for six innings but his bullpen couldn't hold a four-run lead in the loss to the RedHawks on Monday.
FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead's mostly silent bats began making noise in the late innings and the RedHawks rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Sioux Falls 6-4 on Monday in the first game of a four-game series before 3,270 at Newman Outdoor Field.
Sioux Falls starter Ty Culbreth limited the RedHawks to five hits in six scoreless innings and the Canaries led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Sioux Falls' bullpen couldn't duplicate the effort. F-M's Nick Novak led off with a walk and moved up on Alec Olund's single. Peter Maris singled in Novak with the team's first run.
Olund and Maris moved up on Manny Boscan's fly out to center and, with two outs, Leo Pina tripled in both runners to make it 4-3. John Silviano tied it with a single that plated Pina.
In the eighth, Sam Dexter hit a lead off triple and Novak was hit by a pitch. Olund's sacrifice fly scored Dexter with the go-ahead run and Maris added insurance with a sacrifice fly to center.
F-M's relievers Brady Stover and winner Tanner Riley put some runners on in the seventh and eighth, allowing a hit and walking three, but kept the Canaries off the board.
Joe Jones issued a lead off walk in the ninth, had the runner erased on a double play, allowed a single but got a ground out to earn the save.
Fargo-Moorhead has won four-straight to open a seven-game homestand and its 53-28 records is tops in the American Association. The RedHawks lead the West Division by 3-1/2 games over Kansas City.
The RedHawks and Canaries play the second of four games at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Newman Outdoor Field.