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Laber’s Gem Forces Rubber Match Tomorrow Afternoon

06/12/2010 7:46 PM -

Jake Laber (3-1) gave the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (14-6) eight and one-thirds stellar innings tonight as they took the middle game of a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones (14-8), 3-1.

Laber and Kansas City starter Ryan Knippschild (4-1) matched zeros through four innings before the T-Bones struck for their lone run in the fifth.  Brian Joynt began the frame with a double before scoring two batters later on an RBI single by Eladio Rodriguez.  A single by Jimmy Mojica put runners at the corners but Laber used a groundout and strikeout to end the threat.

Kansas City managed just two more baserunners over the final four innings.  Laber allowed the lone run on nine hits in the victory.  Donnie Smith retired the only two batters he faced to earn his third save of the year.

Knippschild allowed three hits over his first three innings before retiring 10 straight with the help of a double play that ended the third.  The left-hander then surrendered consecutive singles and a walk to load the bases for Alan Rick with two outs in the sixth.  Rick singled home the first two Fargo runs to give the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.  A bases-loaded walk by Cory Patton two batters later pushed the final to 3-1 and chased Knippschild from the contest.

Knippschild suffered his first loss of the season after allowing three runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings.  Erik Hamren pitched the final two and one-thirds scoreless innings for Kansas City, surrendering just two hits.

Keanon Simon saw his league-leading 21 game on-base streak end after a 0-for-four night.  He had reached safely in each of the T-Bones previous games.  Ray Sadler extended his hit streak to 13 games with first-inning single.  He finished two-for-four.

The two teams continue their first-place battle tomorrow afternoon as Kansas City sends Andrew Cruse (2-1, 0.36) to face Chad Rhoades (2-0, 1.42).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00.  Catch all the action through streaming webcast at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.