Alexander Leads RedHawks to Win, Nehrir, Bostick Earn Weekly Honors
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps the one game in the American Association on Monday, including Evan Alexander driving in six to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to victory. Plus, Player and Pitcher of the Week honors are awarded.
Game Recaps for Monday
Alexander, Big Inning Spur RedHawks Win
Evan Alexander proved to be too much for the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Monday as he led the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a 10-6 victory. In the home opener for the RedHawks, Alexander delivered four hits and drove in six. That made a winner of Kevin McGovern.
The RedHawks took the lead in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer by Alexander to make it 2-1. Winnipeg responded in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs to retake the lead, but Fargo-Moorhead all but put this game away in the bottom half of the inning, scoring six runs on four hits. A bases loaded walk to Ben Livorsi tied the score and an error plated Nick Novak to give the RedHawks the lead for good. Alexander followed with a two-run triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-4.
Alexander added his second triple of the game in the bottom of the fifth, bringing home B.J. Lopez and drove home his sixth run of the game on an RBI double in the eighth. Alexander finished 4-5 with two runs scored, two triples, a double, and a home run, falling a single short of hitting for the cycle.
The Goldeyes responded in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs and loading the bases. However, Reid Birlingmair came on to induce a double play for his first save the season. Chris Burgess reached base all five times he came to the plate, going 3-3 with two walks for Winnipeg.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Ben Livorsi (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 1-3, 2 R, BB
No. 2 – Chris Burgess (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 3-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, Double
No. 1 – Evan Alexander (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks) 4-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 Triples, Double, HR
American Association Daily Notes
The Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association named their Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 1 of the American Association season. Sioux Falls Canaries right-hander Akeem Bostick was named Pitcher of the Week after tossing seven outstanding innings in the season-opening victory over the Cleburne Railroaders. Railroaders outfielder Zach Nehrir was named as the Player of the Week, hitting .467 with a league-leading seven walks and 11 RBI. Nehrir was named by the American Association as the top player while Sioux City Explorers starter Mitch Verburg was named the top pitcher… The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks received their championship rings before Monday’s contest.
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By Robert Pannier