GOLDEYES 5 REDHAWKS 4
GOLDEYES starter Nick Hernandez had Fish fans on the edge of their seats Saturday at Shaw Park, but perfection just wasn’t meant to be.
Hernandez hurled seven innings, five of them perfect, and struck out four to lead the Fish to a 5- 4 win over the rival Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
With one run already on the board in the fourth, the Fish broke things open when Tyler Kuhn blooped a single to score Ryan Pineda to go up 2- 0. Then Josh Mazzola would step up to the plate and launch a two-run homer to put the Fish up 4- 0.
After giving up a run in the sixth, Hernandez got into trouble, giving up a two-run dinger to let the RedHawks within one in the seventh. But Ray Sadler would come up huge in bottom half with a solo home run to put the Fish up 5-3.
It was huge, because the RedHawks would stay close and come close, as RedHawk Nic Jackson belted a solo shot in the ninth. Hernandez had the ball park on edge as he walked to the mound to start the top of the sixth, having been flawless through five. Despite wearing down in the later innings it was a solid outing for the lefty, who gave up five hits.