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Almarante Magnificent, Wins Rubber Match for 'Hawks

08/10/2016 8:48 PM -
With the way Jose Almarante was going at it Wednesday night, all the RedHawks needed was one run in any way, shape, or form. They did get it in their 1-0 home victory over the Wingnuts.
    
Coming into the game his ERA was already an astounding 2.88, good for fifth in the American Association. He somehow found a way to make that number even smaller by going eight shutout innings. Keeping hitters guessing and striking out seven, Almarante never allowed the 'Nuts to get momentum at the plate. The only scare came in the seventh inning when Matt Chavez hit a two out double, but didn't advance any further. Chavez had two of the three hits against Almarante in the game.
    
Todd Kibby was nearly as spectacular for the road team. He went seven innings and yielded just five hits and two walks to six strikeouts. However, one of those hits was a solo home run by Mike Gilmartin in the fifth inning. Had the previous F-M batter not grounded into a double play, Brian Humphries would've scored as well. 
    
In the eighth inning Dustin Geiger hit a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He advanced to third on a single by Charlie Valerio, but couldn't score. So going into the ninth it was 1-0, and All-Star Colton Reavis stepped in for the save. He did allow a hit to T.J. Mittelstaedt with two outs, but he was then caught stealing and Reavis earned his sixth save for the home team.
    
Almarante (3-1) earns the win and Kibby (1-3) takes the loss. The RedHawks took two of the three games against Wichita, and will continue the homestand with four games against Gary. Game one will be Thursday, 7:02 p.m., at Newman Outdoor Field.


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