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RailCats smash RedHawks to tie playoff series

2013-09-05T22:00:00Z 2013-09-06T01:29:04Z RailCats smash RedHawks to tie playoff seriesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 05, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Reid Fronk single-handedly put the RailCats into a 1-1 tie in the American Association semifinal playoffs as he drove in five runs in his team's 11-2 win over Fargo-Moorhead on Thursday night.

Fronk went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a single, then scored in the eighth inning.

"What an evening by Reid Fronk," manager Greg Tagert said. "The big three-run (hit) was a decisive blow, but I thought just as big as that, the game started eerily similar to (Wednesday) night with the first two guys out, and I thought it was a huge pick-up for our club mentally and emotionally to get that first hit in the first inning."

Fronk drove in Cristian Guerrero in the first inning to give the RailCats an 1-0 lead. He added three RBIs with a bases-clearing double in the fifth, then gave his team a 6-0 lead with a double in the sixth.

The RedHawks used three pitchers in the fifth inning, pulling starter Alex Caldera with two on and replacing him with Derrick Miramontes, who immediately gave up back-to-back hits. Ethan Opsahl recorded the last two outs of the inning for the RedHawks as the 'Cats sent all nine batters to the plate.

RailCats starter Stephen Hiscock pitched six scoreless before giving up a run to C.J. Retherford in the seventh. He finished with three walks, two in his final inning, and two strikeouts.

"Stephen goes out in the first inning and retired the RedHawks and is control of the game," Tagert said. "You can't win a ballgame like this without good starting pitching."

The RailCats took advantage of reliever Chris Bodishbaugh in the eighth, scoring five runs on five hits, including a two-run double by Zac Mitchell.

While Fargo-Moorhead made three errors, the RailCats scattered 18 hits.

"We're coming home with a 1-1 series tie," Tagert said. "I'm sure the RedHawks are going to brush this one away. Sometimes it's easier to wash away that kind of ballgame instead of a 2-0 close loss."

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