Walt Dalbey was the only Reds pitcher to receive a loss in four games this weekend.
The unquestioned ace of the staff was set to lead the Reds to a four-game sweep of Glendive in the final game on Sunday. He threw five innings and only gave up three earned runs. But Glendive scored five unearned, as well, giving the Blue Devils a commanding 8-0 lead through four innings.
The Reds tried to scrape back into the game, scoring eight runs in the seventh, but it wasn’t quite enough as they fell 11-9. It was only Dalbey’s fifth loss dating back to last season. In that time, the right-hander won 14 games for the Reds as their most dominant and consistent starter.
This weekend, though, it was their other starters that led the team. In the series opener on Saturday, Johnathon Koessl took the hill for the Reds. He got into trouble early, allowing four hits and hitting two batters as three runs crossed for the Blue Devils. However, he threw six innings of shut-out, one-hit ball after that for the complete game win. He struck out nine for the game.
The Reds’ offense struggled early, too, only tallying four hits and no runs in the first three innings. Griffin Benchochea’s sac fly scoring Keil Krumwiede in the fourth put the Reds on the board. But it was three consecutive hits in the fifth that put the Reds in front. Grant Legare led off the fifth with a double, Jason Thibault followed with a single to score him and Tom Leland’s double drove in Thibault to tie the game, 3-3. Leland came around to score on a passed ball later in the inning to give the Reds a lead they would not relinquish.
Leland, Krumweide and Gage Legare all tallied a pair of hits in the game.
In Saturday’s night cap, Andy Gardner was given the rock. He also threw a complete game, striking out five, walking three and only allowing one unearned run in the five-inning mercy-shortened game.
A seven-run fifth inning gave the Scotties the mercy. Bengochea’s two-run base knock led the way to the big inning and the 12-1 win.
On what was supposed to be a two-game homestand for the Reds on Sunday, the Reds instead played two games in Glendive as the home team. It worked out for the best as the Reds got their first walk-off win of the year. Tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Padden, Wacy Ortman and Keil Krumwiede loaded the bases with no one out and Gage Legare delivered the game-winning single. That was the third of three hits for Legare on the day. He had a double, two singles and a sac fly. He drove in two.
Leland earned the win after relieving starter Jake Kolstad in the top of the seventh. Kolstad threw six innings of one-run ball but allowed three runs in the seventh before Leland relieved him.
The Reds will head to Havre this weekend to participate in the Reds Northstars Memorial Tournament. Friday is the first day of the tournament and it will run until Sunday. Starting times and opponents are yet to be announced.