Erwin Ground RedHawks in RailCats Victory
FARGO, ND- In the series finale at Newman Outdoor Field, Chris Erwin dealt five scoreless innings while Alec Olund and Daniel Lingua added three hits apiece as the Gary SouthShore RailCats (34-56) handed the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (54-36) a 7-2 loss to avoid the sweep in the twelfth meeting of the season between the North Division foes.
Erwin threw a gem as the southpaw struck out seven while allowing just two hits and no runs in his second start and second win against Fargo this season.
The RailCats jumped on Fargo early as MJ Rookard roped a double to start a three-run rally in the second capped off by a Michael Woodworth RBI-single.
An inning later, Olund delivered his second of three hits on the night to tack on another, and in the fourth, Billy Cooke would drive in Jesus Marriaga on a sac-fly to left to take a 5-0 lead.
Bret Helton struggled for the Redhawks in his nineteenth start of the year as the righty threw four innings and allowed five runs, only one of which was earned, with a walk and three strikeouts.
In the sixth, Fargo would score two against Yoel De Leon to cut the lead to 5-2, but Tasker Strobel would close things out with three innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball to earn his sixth save of the season.
Lingua drove in the seventh and final run of the day in the ninth and the RailCats snapped thor seven-game losing streak with series finale victory.
The Gary SouthShore RailCats return home to the Steel Yard in Gary, Indiana for a three-game set against the Winnipeg Goldeyes that gets underway tomorrow, August 27 at 7:10 p.m.
By Max Kelton, Gary SouthShore RailCats