FARGO, N.D. (FM Redhawks) -- Behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Tyler Pike, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks picked up a series split with the Winnipeg Goldeyes by winning 7-1 on Monday evening in front of 4,064 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.
The Goldeyes' Carlos Garcia got things started when he hit a triple to right center field in the first inning and came in to score on a groundout RBI by left fielder James Harris. That would be the only run given up by Pike, who goes to 6-2 this year, with a 3.22 ERA
Fargo-Moorhead remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when Correlle Prime hit a two-run home run over the center field wall, giving the 'Hawks the lead in the game.
The onslaught of runs continued for the RedHawks in the fifth inning with three more home runs off the bats of Tim Colwell, Chris Jacobs, and T.J. Bennett. When the dust settled, the RedHawks had a 6-1 going into the sixth inning.
Tyler Pike went seven innings in his second start at home, since returning from the injured list, allowing one earned run on eight hits, walking two and striking out six, to pick up his sixth win of the season. Winnipeg's Joel Seddon picked up the loss for the Goldeyes and is now 2-4 this year with a 6.07 ERA.
But the home run show wasn't over for the RedHawks as catcher Daniel Comstock hit a solo bomb in the bottom of the eighth, giving the home team a 7-1 lead. RedHawks relievers J.R. Bunda and Brent Jones came in the 8th and 9th innings to close out the win for Fargo-Moorhead, who goes to 46-27 on the year and 5-2 in the seven-game home stand and a two-game lead in the North Division over St. Paul.
The RedHawks will start a nine-game road trip tomorrow night in Gary, IN against the RailCats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game can be heard on 740AM The FAN and streaming online at americanasociationbaseball.tv