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The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (40-25) and Sioux City Explorers (25-40) meet for the final series between the two, starting Friday at 7:02 p.m. at Newman Outdoor Field. The RedHawks are in the midst of a six-game homestand and recently defeated St. Paul in two games of a three-game series. Yesterday’s victory over the Saints was the 1,000th in team history for the RedHawks. Sioux City travels to Fargo after avoiding a four-game sweep against Gary on Thursday, beating the RailCats 5-0. Ace Alex Caldera is expected to take the mound for the RedHawks, while lefty Ryan Lucero is the probable for the Sioux City Explorers.
The Sioux City Explorers enters tonight’s game with a 25-40 record and are currently in fifth place of Central Division standings. Stan Cliburn is in his third season as manager of Sioux City. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Sioux City Explorers meet for the final series this season, between the two teams this weekend. Fargo-Moorhead is 5-3 against Sioux City this season, taking three of four games in Sioux City most recently from July 18-21. Nic Jackson, Mitch Einertson, Zach Penprase and Tim Alberts all have above-.300 batting averages against Sioux City in eight games played. The RedHawks are 93-63 all-time against the Explorers. Both teams began playing one another in 1996 as members of the Northern League and continued matchups in 2011, after Sioux City moved to the American Association in 2006.
The RedHawks radio home is The Fan 740 AM. Scott Miller serves as the voice of the RedHawks for his eighth season. Pregame starts 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. Home games can also be viewed live for free on livestream.com/fmredhawks.
RedHawks Hit No. 1,000
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks achieved their 1,000th victory in franchise history in walk-off fashion against St. Paul Thursday. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, the RedHawks scored three in the ninth -- including a two-run walk-off home run by Buddy Sosnoskie to pick up the historic mark. The only other clubs with 1,000 wins in independent baseball are the Somerset Patriots, Bridgeport Bluefish and Winnipeg Goldeyes.
A Comeback Completed
With the victory last night, the RedHawks broke a trend that had been common this season. It took 64 games for the RedHawks to win a game by coming back from a deficit in the eighth or ninth innings. The ‘Hawks had been 0-21 when trailing after seven and 0-18 when trailing after eight. The RedHawks and Canaries were the only teams in the league that had not won a game after trailing in the eighth inning.
Alberts Getting it Done
Tim Alberts has been swinging a hot bat for the RedHawks recently. In the last 10 games, Alberts is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with a home run, four RBIs and eight runs scored. He played a major role in the RedHawks’ 1,000 win as well, picking up a team-high three hits and serving as the game-winning run.
Caldera Looks to Continue Winning Ways
Alex Caldera’s last loss was on June 6 in Lincoln. Caldera has made eight starts since and won five of them, while picking up three no-decisions. Although he has given up three earned runs or more in his last three starts, Caldera continues to keep the ‘Hawks in games winning all three of those starts. His eight wins on the year is tied for second with RedHawks reliever Joe Harris in the league.
RedHawks Among League Leaders
Tim Alberts Triples (5) Tied-4th
Extra-Base Hits (35) 3rd
Alex Caldera Wins (8) Tied-2nd
Zach Penprase Stolen Bases (26) 2nd
Runs (55) Tied-3rd
Taylor Stanton Complete Games (3) Tied-1st
Starter’s ERA (2.62) 1st
Jake Laber Starter’s ERA (3.05) 5th
Joe Harris Appearances (32) 2nd
Wins (8) Tied-2nd
98… Number of doubles hit by Tim Alberts in his professional career
12… Number of hits by Nic Jackson against Sioux City this season
1… Number of games RedHawks have won after trailing in seventh and eighth innings
2… Number of wins for Joe Harris against Sioux City this season
1,000… Number of wins achieved in franchise history by the RedHawks in last night’s game