Lightening flickered and rain fell, but Goldeyes fans who stuck it out had front-row seats to some electric pitching off the Shaw Park mound.
Fish ace Chris Salamida zapped the RedHawks for eight-straight innings, pinning them at the plate and keeping them, for the most part, off the bags. He amped up his arm as the tension rose. While the Fish nursed a narrow 2-1 lead, Salamida retired rival batters in order in the fifth and seventh (he allowed only one hit in the sixth, which the Goldeyes promptly cleaned up with a double-play).
With the Goldeyes ahead 3-1 in the eighth, Salamida delivered his killing blow: three batters, three surgical strikeouts, without a single ball thrown. In all, he gave up just five hits, one run and a lone walk in eight innings of work, while striking out seven along the way.
It was a hell of a show -- especially considering run support was so slow in coming. The Goldeyes notched their winning run in the fourth inning, when the umpire charged RedHawks starting hurler Drew Bowlin with a balk. That let Fish outfielder Donnie Webb whistle his way home.
The Goldeyes would round out the score with an RBI single from Casey Haerther in the seventh, and an RBI swing from Luis Alen in the eighth, though he was narrowly tagged out at second base. Their first run came off a Reggie Abercrombie RBI single, which drove his buddy Ray Sadler home.
Bullpen bulwark Chris Kissock came out in the ninth to claim the save.
The win launched the Goldeyes (25-14) further above their division archrival the RedHawks, who fell to 23-18 with the loss. It also evened the 2014 season matchup between the two teams at two wins apiece. With that, the Fish tightened their grip on first place in the North Division, as Fargo sits three games back. There's lots of baseball yet to be played, as the season marches closer to the halfway mark.
óó FACT FACT
The RedHawks are without third baseman Ronnie Bourquin and bullpen star Joe Harris for this series -- on the radio before the game, Fargo-Moorhead manager Doug Simunic confirmed they were refused entry at the Canadian border, though he didn't say why. It's not the first time teams have come in short-handed for that reason this year.
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The Goldeyes have three more games to play against Fargo, starting today at 6 p.m. If you come early, you can stretch through some pre-game yoga on the field.