HILTON GOES DISTANCE IN WIN OVER REDHAWKS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 26, 2019

FARGO, ND –The Winnipeg Goldeyes completed the road portion of their 2019 schedule with a 9-3 win over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Newman Outdoor Field Monday night. BOXSCORE After a close to two-hour delay due to storms in the Fargo area, the game began just before 9pm local time, and it was worth the wait. The Goldeyes fell behind early, but a five-run fifth inning blew the game wide open for the Winnipeg, who won the season series against the North Division-leading RedHawks 7-5. Fargo got on the board first when Correlle Prime hit a two-out, two-run double off of Goldeyes starter Kevin Hilton to score Devan Ahart and Chris Jacobs to take an early 2-0 lead. Winnipeg earned a run back in the top of the second.  With runners on first and second, Adrian Marin smacked an RBI single that brought home Dominic Ficociello from second, cutting the lead to 2-1. Winnipeg pulled even in the top of the third when Kyle Martin picked up his first of three RBI’s in the game, notching a two-out single that brought home Wes Darvill from second base to tie the game at two.  Fargo jumped ahead in the bottom of the third when Devan Ahart ripped a deep fly ball that was caught near the fence.  Brendan Metzger, who had stole second just moments earlier, timed his run perfectly and scored from second base to put the RedHawks back in front at 3-2.    Winnipeg’s bats came alive in the top of the fourth as the Goldeyes sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run inning.  With one out, Adrian Marin was walked, stole second and advanced to third on a Kevin Garcia single before eventually being brought home on a wild-pitch from Taylor Bloye, tying the game at three.  Next up was red-hot Tyler Marincov who knocked a long fly ball to left field that was misplayed by RedHawks fielder Correlle Prime, bringing Kevin Garcia home from second and giving Winnipeg their first lead of the game at 4-3. With the hit, Marincov extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Wes Darvill was up next and picked up his third hit of the game,  ripping an RBI single that scored Marincov.  Kyle Martin extended the Goldeyes lead when he picked up his second two-out RBI single of the game, sending Darvill across the plate and upping the Goldeyes lead to 6-3, spelling the end of the night for Bloye who was relieved by Carter Hope. Despite the change, the struggles continued for Fargo as Willy Garcia picked up a single moving Martin to second before both players advanced due to a balk from Hope.  Hope then walked Ficociello to load the bases for Alex Perez who’s infield ground ball was bobbled by Leobaldo Pina, allowing Willy Garcia to score from third to give the Goldeyes a 7-3 lead before the bleeding would finally stop. Winnipeg would score for the fourth consecutive inning in the top of the fifth, again with help from the RedHawks defence.  With two outs and Wes Darvill on second, Reggie Abercrombie’s single was bobbled by Devan Ahart, and his throw to home plate was off the mark, allowing Darvill to score.  Ahart was credited with two errors on the play, giving Fargo four errors in the first five innings. Kyle Martin would then do what he had done twice in the game already, ripping another two-out RBI to the wall in right field to score Abercrombie and give Winnipeg a 9-3 lead.   Martin went 3-for-5 at the plate, collecting three RBI’s in the process.  Martin has 54 RBI’s in the last 53 games this season. Hilton kept Fargo off the board the rest of the way, pitching his second career complete-game in a fantastic effort, allowing just five hits, three-earned runs while striking out six.   Despite the loss, Fargo did get some good news as midway through the game they found out with the Chicago Dogs loss, they had clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013. With the win, the Goldeyes (51-42) secured themselves their 22nd winning season in the club’s 26-year history.  Only the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have had more winnings seasons over the last 26 years. The Goldeyes will now head home for the final seven games of their 2019 season, beginning with a three-game set against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Tuesday, August 27th at Shaw Park.  Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park. For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com
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