Boleska, Bullpen Help RedHawks Flourish On The Road

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have found success away from Newman Outdoor Field this season with a .677 winning percentage through 31 road games.

The RedHawks have a 21-10 road record after going 5-2 on their most recent road trip, which concluded Sunday in Wichita. Part of that road success can be attributed to how F-M has pitched in the late innings.

Closer Tom Boleska is 12-for-12 in save opportunities on the road with a 1.17 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. The right-handed throwing Boleska leads the league with American Association with 18 saves heading into Tuesday’s game against Sioux Falls at Newman.

“You can count on him. He’s been very consistent,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of Boleska. “You feel good when you bring him in the ninth inning with the lead. … It’s huge because it will win you a lot of (close) road games.”

RedHawks left-handed reliever Joe Harris has also been lights-out on the road. Harris hasn’t allowed an earned run in 15 1/3 innings on the road, spanning 14 appearances.

The RedHawks have played markedly better on the road this season than they did a summer ago when they had a 14-36 record away from Newman.