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Fish Clip RedHawks in Another Double-Header

07/22/2014 11:03 PM -

For the second time in less than a month, the Winnipeg Goldeyes swept the rival Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in a doubleheader at Shaw Park.

The Goldeyes (41-23) ran their winning streak to 10 games against the RedHawks (30-34) with 7-2 and 4-3 wins Tuesday night before 5,828 joyous spectators.

The wins increase Winnipeg’s lead in the North Division to at least 3 ½ games and extends the Goldeyes winning streak to four games.

“It was a good day for the club,” Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said. “We got contributions from a lot of people.”

In the second game, Fargo scored first in the top of the first inning when C.J. Retherford collided with Goldeyes catcher Luis Alen at home plate and ball popped out of Alen’s glove. Alen was shook up on the play, but stayed in the game after taking a few minutes to compose himself.

“It was a very unsettling situation, not only for Luis, by for our entire team,” Forney said. “He’s a very important part to our team around here and Luis is a tough guy. He understands that if you play that position things like that could happen.

“He’s going to be sore tomorrow. His whole body will be sore. Plus, he caught 14 innings. That shows you how tough he is.”

Winnipeg battled back to take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second, as Reggie Abercrombie singled in Jake Blackwood and Jordan Guida singled in Abercrombie.

The Goldeyes extended their lead with two more runs in the bottom of the third. Josh Mazzola was hit by a pitch on a 0-2 count and, after stealing second, scored on a Tyler Kuhn double. Donnie Webb then drove in Kuhn with a single.

Fargo scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings, but reliever Brendan Lafferty got the final five outs of the game to preserve the win.

Ethan Hollingsworth went 5 1/3 innings to get the win for the Goldeyes, improving his record to a perfect 5-0, while Taylor Stanton dropped to 2-8 with the loss. Lafferty picked up his first save in a 90 outings in Goldeyes uniform.

In the first game, the Goldeyes scored five runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to a 7-2 win over the RedHawks.

Mazzola led Winnipeg at the plate by going three-for-four with two RBI and two runs scored. Abercrombie hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

Salamida pitched a complete game for the win. He gave up two runs on just four hits, struck out six and walked one. With the win, he passed Rafael Gross for the second-most wins in Goldeyes history with 37. Salamida needs 10 more wins to catch Ace Walker for the franchise record.

Aside for Tuesday night, the Goldeyes also swept the RedHawks in doubleheader on June 30. Winnipeg has a 6-2 record in doubleheader games this season.

Winnipeg will go for its third consecutive sweep of Fargo in the series finale Wednesday night at Shaw Park. Chandler Barnard (4-1, 3.19) will take the ball for the Goldeyes against Brian Ernst (5-4, 5.71) for the RedHawks.



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