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Jacobs hits first homer with RedHawks as F-M sweeps rival Winnipeg

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FARGO—In his 13th game with the club, Chris Jacobs belted his first home run as a member of the RedHawks on Sunday in Fargo-Moorhead's 8-2 American Association baseball victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Newman Outdoor Field in front of 2,175 fans.

His three-run blast was part of the RedHawks' four-run third inning. Jacobs is glad he was able to play a part in F-M's win.

"It felt great," Jacobs said. "Felt good to hit the ball on the barrel and do something positive for the team and help us win."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound first baseman said it was a seamless transition from Sioux Falls to Fargo-Moorhead.

"It was really easy," Jacobs said. "First day I got here I just felt welcomed. ... Everyone had a feel for the game, which is good. It's good to be in a good environment."

Winnipeg got on the board first when former RedHawks third baseman Josh Mazzola hit a solo home run in the top of the second. F-M matched Winnipeg in the bottom half of the inning when Keury De La Cruz brought Charlie Valerio home from second on an RBI single to tie the game 1-1.

Neither team would score in the third, but the RedHawks broke it open in the bottom of the fourth.

Brennan Metzger and Leo Pina drew back-to-back, one-out walks, then Valerio brought Metzger home with an RBI single. Jacobs then crushed his homer over the left-field wall to make it 5-1. Valerio finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

F-M rode the momentum into the fifth inning, adding two more runs on four hits.

Tim Colwell hit a one-out single to left field, then stole second and third base. He then scored on Metzger's infield single. Metzger advanced to second on a single by Pina and proceeded to score after a Valerio single and throwing error by Winnipeg, pushing the RedHawks lead to 7-1.

Metzger had two runs, one hit and one RBI on the day, while Pina drew two walks with one hit and a run scored.

In the bottom of the seventh, Colwell got on base for a second time after pulling a leadoff double down the right-field line. He then scored his second run of the day after Maikol Gonzalez slapped an RBI single to center field, making it 8-1.

Tommy Mendonca, who was released by the RedHawks on July 1, hit a one-out double and scored on a Jordan Ebert single in the top of the ninth for Winnipeg.

Will Solomon (5-4) picked up the win for the RedHawks. He pitched seven strong innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Solomon started the season 1-3, but has gone 4-1 in his last six outings.

 

"I've said it before, I believe Will's one of the best left-handed arms in this league and the confidence for him is growing," RedHawks manager Michael Schlact said. "Every time he goes out there and has a good one like this he believes in himself a little bit more."

The RedHawks (25-22) swept the four-game series against the Goldeyes. F-M hits the road at 10 p.m. Sunday for a 7:05 p.m. Monday game in Wichita, Kan. After a three-game series with the Wingnuts, the RedHawks travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for a four-game series against the division rival Canaries.

"Anytime you play this stretch of games and then you have to leave at 10 o'clock at night, drive all night and play the next day is hard. ... My job and my staff's job is to keep the guys as fresh as possible, keep it as light as possible and have some fun," Schlact said.

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