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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.


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