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RedHawks bid to make playoffs falls short after 8-3 loss at Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG—Knowing they had to win its final regular-season American Association baseball game on Sunday, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' bid to make the playoffs fell short with an 8-3 loss at Winnipeg.

While the RedHawks were fighting for their playoff lives, Gary SouthShore and Kansas City were producing walkoff wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. That was the down-to-the-wire scenario in American Association baseball Sunday, when those three teams were battling for the wild-card playoff spot.

While the RedHawks were trailing Winnipeg 5-2 in the seventh inning, Gary scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to claim a 3-2 win over Lincoln and Kansas City scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim a 9-8 win over St. Paul.

Knowing Gary and Kansas City trailed the RedHawks by only one game in the wild-card standings, the RedHawks knew that they had to win to prolong their season.

But it wasn't to be. After scoring two runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead, Winnipeg added three more runs in the eighth to make it 8-2.

The RedHawks finish their season with a 57-43 record. Meanwhile, Gary advances to the playoffs due to holding the tie-breaker advantage over Kansas City.