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RedHawks' frustrations continue with loss

FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' Tuesday night game against Wichita was the season in a nutshell. When one thing seems to be working, another key component can't be found.

FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' Tuesday night game against Wichita was the season in a nutshell. When one thing seems to be working, another key component can't be found.

RedHawks starter Jake Laber limited the Wingnuts to two hits through eight innings, but Wichita pulled away with a three-run ninth to secure a 5-1 American Association victory before 4,033 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.

"Unfortunately, we've had a few too many of those (games) this year," Laber said. "It doesn't change the way you approach the game and attack hitters. You can't let it frustrate you during the game, even though it might be a little frustrating afterwards. You still have to go out and do your job."

Laber had his dominant stuff throughout the game, mixing speeds and locations to give the RedHawks an opportunity to win their third-consecutive game.

Wichita starting pitcher Ryan Hinson settled down after a shaky start to pick up his ninth win of the season.

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Hinson, who entered the game 8-5 with a 3.03 ERA, kept the RedHawks from a big inning despite his team's defensive struggles.

He allowed six hits and an earned run in seven innings. The Wingnuts committed three errors, but Fargo-Moorhead failed to capitalize on any of them.

"It started out kind of slow for us, especially with the long bus ride," Hinson said. "We tried to get loose, and weren't really loose early. Finally, we all started picking it up and I started pitching better - which I think helped."

Fargo-Moorhead is 2-36 when trailing after seven innings.

"This game is a fair encapsulation in that, when we pitch well we don't hit well, or when we hit well we don't pitch well," Laber said. "We just never put it all together it seems for an extended period of time. We either do one or another or neither."

The RedHawks, who just completed a 9-19 month of July, now enter August with a similar hard luck story that has been prevalent throughout the year.

It's been a rough ride for a team used to winning on a consistent basis. The RedHawks earned five championships as a member of the Northern League.

However, the club's first year in the American Association has proven to be anything but normal. At times this year, the offense, defense and pitching have been inconsistent.

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And at Newman Outdoor Field, where the team has built a reputation for being dominant, the RedHawks have been average. F-M is 20-15 at home.

It's a mix that has Fargo-Moorhead 32-42.

WICHITA REDHAWKS

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Horn ss 4 0 0 0 Pnprse ss 3 1 1 0

Clvlen cf 4 0 0 0 Jackson 4 0 0 0

Rchrsn 3b 3 1 1 0 Nichols dh 4 0 2 1

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Dlgado 1b 2 1 0 0 Hrlbke 1b 4 0 1 0

Wrkmn dh 3 2 1 0 Rthfrd 3b 4 0 1 0

Barows rf 3 1 1 1 Cota 2b 4 0 1 0

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E-Horn (18), Richardson 2 (11). 2B-Richardson (19), Retherford (13), Cota (24), Wagle (2). SB-Penprase (22). LOB-Wichita 4, RedHawks 9.

WICHITA

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Hnsn, W, 9-5 7 6 1 1 1 7

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Laber, L, 8-5 8 2 2 2 4 7

Jackel 1 3 3 3 1 0

Umpires-Home: Schoenwald. First: Grassa. Third: Mueller. Time-2:30. A-4,033.

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