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WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (50-47) lost 5-4 to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Shaw Park on Saturday evening.
The RedHawks (59-38) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on back-to-back home runs. Nick Novak singled to left leading off the game, stole second, and came home on a two-out, two-run home run to right from Brendon Dadson. Jacob Bockelie followed with a solo shot to right-centre.
The Goldeyes answered back with four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Tyler Hill drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second when Wes Darvill singled to centre. After Max Murphy grounded into a fielder’s choice, Kyle Martin walked to load the bases. Deon Stafford lined a sacrifice fly to left that scored Tyler Hill. Kevin Lachance walked to reload the bases, and the Goldeyes tied the game when Logan Hill lined a two-out, two-run single to centre. A walk to Austin Rei loaded the bases for a third time in the inning, setting up a bases loaded walk to Amos Ramon that forced in Lachance with the lead run.
Fargo-Moorhead tied the game in the top of the second on a one-out, solo home run to right from Cody Lovejoy.
In the top of the fifth, Lovejoy walked leading off and was sacrificed to second by Mitch Piatnik. Novak grounded a single through the right side that scored Lovejoy with what proved to be the winning run.
RedHawks’ starter and Winnipeg native Marc-Andre Habeck (1-1) picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on five hits in six innings. Habeck walked six and struck out three.
Luke Lind worked a scoreless seventh in relief of Habeck, while Joe Jones recorded the final six outs to earn his first save of the year. Novak made a diving stop up the middle on a Murphy groundball to set up a force play at second for the final out of the game.
Jose Vasquez (0-3) started for the Goldeyes and took the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits in five innings. Vasquez walked two and struck out six.
Tyler Smith and Zac Ryan each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, while Travis Seabrooke worked two scoreless frames. Kevin Lachance’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end.
Game three of the four-game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Greg Harris (3-6, 7.96) starts for the Goldeyes.
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