Tomshaw, RedHawks Blank Milkmen, 7-0
Matt Tomshaw tossed seven shutout innings, combining with two relievers to blank the Milwaukee Milkmen on Saturday, 7-0. Correlle Prime added three hits and Leobaldo Pina drove in two to lead the offense. The shutout was the first for the RedHawks pitching staff this season.
After a scoreless first inning, the RedHawks put up runs in each of the next three frames. In the top of the second, Dario Pizzano reached on an error and scored when Christian Ibarra doubled to the wall in center field.
An inning later, Fargo-Moorhead extended their lead to three. With one down, Prime singled to right, then stole second base. Drew Ward walked before Pina singled into right, loading the bases. Milwaukee starter Angel Ventura struck out Trey Hair but then lost his control, hitting Pizzano to drive in a run before walking Ibarra to drive in another.
In the fourth, the RedHawks added two more runs. Jake Matthys retired the first two batters, but then gave up back-to-back singles to Prime and Ward. Pina followed by lacing a ball off the wall in center field, bringing both runners around to score. That gave Fargo-Moorhead a 5-0 lead.
That was far more run support than Tomshaw needed. The left-hander had struggled early on, giving up a walk and a single in each of the first two innings, but he settled down and was brilliant afterward. From the third through the sixth he allowed a lone baserunner in each inning, but Milwaukee was having little success rallying against him. In the seventh, an error and a walk allowed two runners to reach, but he was able to retire the side without allowing a run.
Tomshaw (1-2) left after seven, allowing four hits and four walks. He struck out five. The seven-shutout innings extended his scoreless innings streak to 16.1 innings.
Brent Jones came on in the eighth and gave up a one-out base hit but retired the side. Ryan Thurston finished off the contest, striking out Zach Nehrir to end the game.
The RedHawks did add two more runs in the ninth. Dylan Kelly brought home Hair with an RBI single and a fielder’s choice by Alex Boxwell plated Pizzano.
Every player in the Fargo-Moorhead lineup had at least one hit. Prime finished the game 3-6 with two runs scored. Pina was 2-5 with two RBI. Ward had two hits, walked twice, and scored two runs. The Milwaukee offense was led by Nehrir, who was 2-4.