By Scott Taylor, Winnipeg Goldeyes
Sometimes it just takes one swing of the bat.
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks got a game-winning solo home run from Tim Alberts in the top of the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon, as the RedHawks beat the Winnipeg Goldeyes 4-3 to sweep a three-game weekend series at Shaw Park.
With the loss, the Goldeyes fell to 10-6 on the season, but remain in first place in the American Association’s North Division. With the win, the RedHawks improved to 7-9 and moved to within three games of first-place Winnipeg.
“They (Fargo) pitched better, played better defense and got more timely hits that we did,” said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. “We gotta produce more offense, especially to cover mistakes. We threw a lot of anxious pitches this weekend. When you aren’t producing any offense, every pitch becomes so important. It’s like the outcome of the game hangs on every pitch. That’s a tough way to play all the time.”
The Goldeyes opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Fehlandt Lentini led off with a single, went to second on a ground out, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
Fargo tied it with a Keith Brachold solo shot in the fourth and then they took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth as Todd Jennings doubled and eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk to Nic Jackson.
The Goldeyes tied it at two in the bottom of the fifth as Luis Alen singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Samson and scored on a double by Amos Ramon.
Casey Haerther hit a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Goldeyes a 3-2 advantage, but in the top of the seventh, the RedHawks did what the RedHawks always seem to do.
Leadoff hitter Zach Penprase reached base on an error to Goldeyes third baseman Amos Ramon. He then stole second, stole third and scored the tying run on a wild pitch by Winnipeg reliever Chris Kissock.
Kissock then gave up the solo homer to Alberts, his seventh bomb of the year, and that was it. Fargo finished with four runs on just six hits while the Goldeyes could manage only three runs on 11 hits. A pair of errors didn’t help Winnipeg’s cause.
Three Goldeyes had multi-hit games: Lentini went three-for-five with run scored, Ryan Scoma went two-for-four and raised his batting average to .351 and Ramon went two-for-three with a walk and an RBI.
Fargo reliever Tyler Hess (1-0, 5.69 ERA) was the winner for Fargo, while Kissock (0-1, 0.00 ERA) gave up two unearned runs and suffered the loss. Chase Johnson picked up his fourth save for the RedHawks.
The Goldeyes will now head out on a seven-game road swing. They’ll play four in Sioux Falls starting on Monday and then play three next weekend in Fargo, as they continue a series of 10 straight games against North Division rivals.
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