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Keury De La Cruz Crushes Two Homers in Loss to Dogs

August 9, 2018 - American Association (AA) - Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks News Release

FARGO, N.D. - The RedHawks and Chicago Dogs put on a show for the 3,401 fans at Newman Outdoor Field for the series finale Wednesday night. The two teams combined for six home runs as the Dogs ran to a 9-8 victory, despite a Fargo-Moorhead comeback bid in the ninth.

The Dogs jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings thanks to a two-homer inning in the third and forced RedHawks starter DJ Brown to leave the game after just 2.1 innings of work. Reese Gregory came on to finish the game in another outstanding relief effort.

Fargo-Moorhead added two runs in the fifth before scoring three in the sixth on back-to-back home runs from Chris Jacobs and Keury De La Cruz. Jacobs' monster shot clanked off the video board beyond the fence before coming back onto the playing field.

The 'Hawks narrowed the deficit to three runs heading into the ninth inning, and De La Cruz's second homer of the night - a mammoth two-run blast that got the home team within one run of extra innings.

In the end, Chicago pitcher Taylor Grover was able to induce a pop out from Charlie Valerio to end the game and clinch a series win for the Dogs in their first trip to Newman Outdoor Field.

Fargo-Moorhead falls to 42-33 for the year and remain one and a half games behind the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the North Division standings. The RailCats and St. Paul Saints - who trail the RedHawks by a half game in the standings - each lost tonight as well.

The Hawks travel to Sioux Falls for a three-game series beginning tomorrow night at 7:05 PM in the first of a nine-game road trip. Fargo-Moorhead returns to Newman Outdoor Field on Monday, August 20th for a three-game series with the American Association-leading Sioux City Explorers.

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