Rosemont, Ill. – Long balls and quality pitching lifted the Dogs to their first sweep in franchise history Sunday, as Chicago defeated Fargo-Moorhead 6-3 at Impact Field.
Chicago starter Josh Goossen-Brown tossed six innings, allowing only one earned run to earn the victory for the Dogs, his third of the season. The win marks the first time in franchise history that the Dogs have won three games in a row, and all three wins have been earned by Chicago starters.
Fargo-Moorhead scored first Sunday thanks to back-to-back doubles from Chris Jacobs and Leobaldo Pina in the top of the second. The Dogs would counter in the bottom of the third with four runs on four hits, including two home runs. Matt Dean led off the frame with his second home run in as many games and Treysen Vavra popped a three-run shot with two outs to cap the inning and push the Dogs in front 4-1.
The inning marked the first time all year that the Dogs had hit multiple home runs in a single frame. For Vavra it was the seventh home run of the year, with six of his seven coming at home. Vavra is now hitting .412 through 19 games at Impact Field this summer.
Fargo cut the deficit to two runs with an unearned tally in the top of the fifth, but the Dogs once again struck back quickly, plating two of their own in the bottom of the frame. Joe Benson collected a two-out RBI knock and Vavra collected his fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the inning. Vavra now leads Chicago with 27 RBI on the season.
Fargo would threaten one final time in the top of the eighth. Down 6-2 to begin the frame, the RedHawks received a lead-off double from Brennan Metzler. After a two out walk, Pina drove in his second run of the game on a single. Tim Colwell then grounded out to second representing the tying run to end the threat. Chicago used three different relievers to get three outs in the eighth and preserve the lead.
Dogs closer Kaohi Downing pitched a one-two-three top of the ninth to earn his second save in as many games and his ninth in 11 tries on the year.
The sweep moves the Dogs to 14-27 on the year and pushes them above .500 on the year at home with a record of 10-9 at Impact Field. Fargo-Moorhead falls to 20-20 on the season with the loss.
Chicago will play host to the Gary SouthShore RailCats for the first of two consecutive home games in a four-game home-and-home series between the two clubs on Monday night at Impact Field.