4-Run Ninth Leads ‘Cats
Rosemont, Ill. — A four-run top of the ninth and 3.1 scoreless innings from the Gary bullpen led the RailCats to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Dogs on Tuesday morning at Impact Field. The win was the RailCats first regular-season victory at Impact Field and improved Gary’s record to 4-1 on the year against Chicago.
With the score tied, 2-2, Randy Santiesteban gave Gary the lead for good with a solo home run down the left field line to lead off the inning. Wilfredo Gimenez doubled the RailCats lead with an RBI single to left before Cole Fabio gave Gary their biggest lead of the series at 6-2 with a two-out, two-run double to left.
Adam Quintana recorded the final three outs, two via a strikeout, in the bottom of the ninth in a non-save situation while Gabe Perez (1-0) picked up his first win with Gary in a season-high-tying 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Perez struck out four of the nine hitters he faced and allowed only two hits.
Gary (19-16) struck first on Colin Willis’ two-out, two-run opposite field home run in the top of the first. The homer for Willis was his team-leading fourth of the year and ended the RailCats season-long 12-game homerless drought.
Chicago (10-25) cut the Gary lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first before tying the game with another run in the bottom of the second. Trey Vavra got the Dogs on the board with an RBI double in the first before Matt Telesco evened the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to right in the second.
Lars Liguori recorded a no-decision in his career start against Chicago. The southpaw yielded two runs (one earned) on eight hits, no walks and struck out two in 5.2 innings.
Taylor Grover (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Dogs. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, no walks and struck out one in an inning of relief.
The RailCats and Dogs head to Gary to play Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Yasutomo Kubo (0-0, 0.00) is expected to sign his first U.S. Professional Baseball contract with Gary before Wednesday’s 7:10 game and make his American Association debut against Chicago LHP Scott Barnes (0-0, 3.98). Wednesday’s game is at 7:10 p.m. and is another “Office Wednesday”, Pretzel Night, NorthShore Health Centers Wednesday and Wine Wednesday. Fans can sign up for the “Office Wednesdays” Jersey Auction during the game and can also purchase $2.50 Bavarian Pretzels and $4 Barefoot Wine and Barefoot Refresh Spritzers.
Gary and Chicago resume their suspended game from May 30th on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with the score tied, 5-5, in the top of the 11th. Gary RHP Myles Smith (0-1, 2.76) and Chicago RHP Brandon Shimo (1-0, 2.11) are expected to both remain on the mound in the 11th inning after pitching in the 10th inning before the game was suspended due to league curfew.