SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored eight runs in the first three innings en route to a 9-3 defeat of the Sioux Falls Pheasants Tuesday night at Sioux Falls Pheasants. The first-place RedHawks have won a league-best 14 games in a row, one shy of tying an American Association record. The Pheasants (27-29) losing skid has reached four games. Trevor Lawhorn and Joe Anthonsen, the two longest-tenured Sioux Falls players in team history, both moved up rankings on the career hits. Lawhorn’s RBI single in the third was his 374th hit, surpassing Charles Peterson for second all-time. Anthonsen collected two hits, moving his total to 373. The all-time leader is Felix Pagan (416). However, the Pheasants’ injury-plagued lineup could not take advantage of seven walks from Fargo-Moorhead pitching. They stranded nine runners and matched a league record by grounding into five double plays. Cesar Nicolas’ leadoff home run in the second inning – his second in three games and seventh of the year – was the Birds’ only extra-base hit. Pheasants starter Alan DeRatt (3-4) suffered the loss, allowing a season-high eight runs on 13 hits in five innings. The two tams wrap up their 3 game series tonight in Sioux Falls.
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