Fargo-Moorehead quickly recuperated from the first game loss and went on to win 6-0 against the Schaumburg Flyers during the second game of the doubleheader at Alexian Field Tuesday afternoon.
Both clubs were scoreless until the third inning when the RedHawks scored two runs against newly acquired and former Jackhammers RHP Jason Richardson. C Alan Rick scored his second home run and third RBI of the series when he roped a solo homer to right center. RF Mike Coles got the second run of the inning when he scored on a throwing error by Flyers 2B Jose Valdez for the 2-0 lead heading into the fourth.
Richardson was a part of a trade deal between the Flyers and the Jackhammers that was effective as of yesterday. The deal consisted of former Flyers 3B Vince Harrison in exchange for Richardson and Jackhammers 3B Andrew Pinckney.
“I faced Richardson a couple times before in Joliet and he was very good,” said RedHawks 3B Justin Justice. “He throws a very good fastball.”
The RedHawks would score 2 more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Rick scored a 2-RBI triple in the top of the sixth for a 4-0 lead against Flyers right-handed reliever Joseph Campbell (0-0, 8.18 ERA) and 1B Randall Simon clubbed a 2-run home run in the top of the seventh for a 6-0 lead.
RedHawks starting RHP Nick Fellman only allowed 4 hits and struck out 3 while facing 19 Flyers batters during five complete innings pitched. The RedHawks bullpen was equally effective and only allowed one hit during 2 combined innings.
Fellman (3-5) got the win for the RedHawks, while Richardson (0-1) got his first loss, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs (all earned) during 5.2 innings pitched, in a Flyers uniform.
The RedHawks and the Flyers continue their 4-game series until Thursday. Flyers RHP Dustin Glant (5-3, 4.35 ERA) gets the start today against RedHawks LHP Scott Fogelson and the starting pitchers for both teams are TBA for Thursday.
For now, the RedHawks are just happy to have gotten through yesterday’s doubleheader with a win.
“No one wants to get swept in a doubleheader,” said RedHawks 2B Carlo Cota. “The fact that we were able to split makes it a lot easier to sleep tonight.”
Frequent Flyer Miles: This is the second time this season that the Flyers have failed to score a run during a complete game and the first time in a game consisting of seven innings…Simon’s seventh inning blast was his 8th of the season and 168th of his minor league career…The Flyers remain in fourth place (11.0 GB) and the RedHawks are in third place (5 GB) in the Northern League standings…According to the Northern League newsletter (July 16, 2009), the top four teams that would qualify for the post-season are only separated by four games (Winnipeg, Gary SouthShore, Fargo-Moorehead and Schaumburg), but it’s still fair game for the six Northern League teams.