08/31/2016 12:45 AM
FARGO, N.D. — Fargo-Moorhead defeated Kansas City, 7-3, behind five extra-base hits Tuesday night at Newman Outdoor Field.
In the third inning, Ryan Wagner smacked a solo home run to left field, his fourth homer of the season, off T-Bones starter Jordan Cooper. Back-to-back doubles from Mike Gilmartin and Kes Carter, with Carter’s scoring Gilmartin with one out. Carter was brought home two batters later when Keury De La Cruz singled, making it 3-0 through three innings.
Fargo added to its lead in the fourth. After Dustin Geiger reached on a fielder's choice, Brian Humphries hit a two-run home run, his 13th of the season, extending the RedHawks’ lead to 5-0.
Fargo-Moorhead kept it rolling in the fifth when Ryan Pineda led off with a triple and was followed two batters later by Josh Mazzola, who grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Pineda. With two outs, Kang singled and was sent home after T-Bones’ center fielder Tyler Massey lost the ball in the lights off the bat of Geiger, who was credited with a double. That put Kansas City in a deep 7-0 deficit.
The T-Bones tried to claw back in the seventh. Anthony Gallas and Tyson Gillies led off the inning by reaching on a walk and a double, respectively. Both were hit home by Vladimir Frias and Ryan Retz on a ground out and sacrifice fly, making it 7-2. Dalton Wheat reached on an error by Fargo shortstop Mike Gilmartin, and was eventually sent home for Kansas City’s final run when Gillies singled later in the inning.
The T-Bones had plenty of opportunities, stranding the bases loaded twice. Massey, Wheat and Wiley all reached in the first inning with nobody out. Fargo-Moorhead starter Dylan Mouzakes ended the threat by striking out the next three. In the eighth, trailing by four, Frias stepped in with the bases load and two outs, and struck out. Kansas City stranded nine runners on base in the game.
Kansas City (40-54) and Fargo-Moorhead (50-44) are scheduled for the third game of the four-game series Wednesday evening at 7:02. All of the action can be heard at TBonesBaseball.com.