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RedHawks Stun Dogs with Walk-Off Win in NDCS Game 3

September 15, 2021 - American Association (AA) - Chicago Dogs News Release


FARGO, North Dakota - Game 3 of the NDCS mimicked a playground of sorts, with the Dogs and RedHawks riding an out-of-control seesaw. After a wild back-and-forth final three innings, the RedHawks pulled off a walk-off win, 6-5, on a John Silviano single to score Leobaldo Pina.

In a game that saw a total of five errors, defense hampered each of the North division's top teams. At first, the game was under control for starter Michael Bowden, but the Dogs' lead slipped in the late innings of the game.

The Dogs got off to a stellar offensive start, keyed by an RBI single from K.C. Hobson in the first to score Brennan Metzger. Later in the second inning, Anfernee Grier smoked one past the wall in right-center field to put the Dogs ahead 2-0 on a home run. Then in the fourth, The Dogs took advantage of an infield error. Ryan Lidge scored to give the Dogs a 3-1.

Bowden pitched six and a third of an inning, allowed five hits and had only allowed two runs before being replaced by Cam Booser in the seventh inning. Booser allowed a base-hit and gave up a wild pitch with bases loaded to put Fargo-Moorhead in the lead 4-3.

It wasn't until the eighth inning when Brennan Metzger popped a two-out routine fly-ball to left field. Fargo-Moorhead leftfielder Kevin Krause was under the ball but dropped it. Luckily for the Dogs, Anfernee Grier and T.J. Bennett were aboard the bases and used their hustle to put the Dogs ahead, 5-4.

That provided a false sense of security for Chicago. Jeff Kinley was called into the game, and after an error by shortstop Johnny Adams put two men on, the tying run scored on the Dogs' second wild pitch. One batter later, Silviano drove a single to center, scoring Pina and giving the RedHawks a 6-5 win.

The Dogs now trail 2-1 in the North Division Championship Series, which is a best-of-five. Game 4 is tomorrow at 6:30 at Newman Outdoor Field, with Christian Friedrich slated to start for Chicago against Fargo-Moorhead's Bret Helton.

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