Early deficit costs Fargo-Moorhead game

August 23, 2006 - Northern League (NL) - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks News Release

FARGO, N.D. - Fargo-Moorhead dropped a tight ballgame to Calgary on Wednesday in front of 3,865 at Newman Outdoor Field as the Vipers grabbed a 4-2 win after posting three runs in the top of the first inning.

RedHawks starter Todd George allowed three runs to the Vipers in the first inning before combining with Mark Michael, Brian Adams and Brian Hewitt to allow just one more Calgary run through the final eight frames. George threw into the seventh inning as he went 6.2 innings in which he allowed eight hits while strike out four batters. George left the game in the seventh with Fargo-Moorhead trailing 3-2 and took the loss, falling to 8-4 on the season as his earned run average rose to 2.90 on the season.

Calgary's final run came on the aide of a Derek Dormanen passed ball in the ninth inning with one out and was credited to Hewitt although be it unearned.

The RedHawks mounted a small comeback effort in the fourth inning, scoring two runs on four hits and one Calgary error but left the bases loaded as Brent Krause flied out to deep right left field with Jeff Butts recording the final out of the inning on the warning track.

Allen Mottram led the way for Fargo-Moorhead at the plate as he went 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a double, playing at first base as opposed to his accustomed position behind the plate.

Fargo-Moorhead (25-11, 57-27) will be looking for a series win on Thursday as they host Calgary (16-19, 35-49) the final game of their current three-game set. The RedHawks will send lefty Mike Peschel (8-5, 4.35) to the mound in the series finale while the Vipers will counter with Ryan Jamison (0-2, 4.65). The first pitch of the contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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