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RailCats Fall to Canaries Again

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Gary SouthShore RailCats fell to the Sioux Falls Canaries, 8-1, for the second straight game on Tuesday at Sioux Falls Stadium and have now dropped four of their last five. Despite losing on Tuesday, Gary still remains just one game out of first place in the Wild Card after Fargo-Moorhead’s loss and Kansas City’s win.

 

Sioux Falls (43-51) took the opening lead for the second straight game with a run in the first. Burt Reynolds recorded the first hit of the game with an infield single before Blake Schmit advanced him to second with a single to left. Jabari Henry then made it 1-0 with an RBI single to left, bringing in Reynolds to score from second.

 

The Canaries went up 4-0 with three runs in the second. Dan Motl brought in the first run of the inning with an RBI single to right before Reynolds increased his team-high RBI total to 65 with a two-run single to center, scoring Aaron Gretz and Motl.

 

Sioux Falls tacked on two more runs in the fourth to go up by six. Schmit made it 5-0 with an RBI infield single before Henry brought home the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.

 

Gary (52-42) got on the board with a run in the top of the sixth. Cameron Newell and Kris Godman led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Frank Martinez reached on a fielder’s choice, giving the RailCats runners on the corners. Wilfredo Gimenez followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Newell from third.

 

The Canaries took their biggest lead of the series at seven with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Schmit was hit in the elbow to start the frame before Henry pulled his league-high-tying 24th home run of the season over the left field wall.

 

Jake Matthys (0-1) was charged with the loss in his second professional start. The rookie was charged with four runs on six hits, a walk and struck out one in 1.1 innings.

 

Ayrton Costa made his first relief appearance of the season, yielding four runs on seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. Darrell Thompson tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in just his second American Association appearance. The southpaw walked the first batter he faced, however, retired the next seven he faced, four via the strikeout.

 

Bo Hellquist (3-2) recorded the win in his fifth start and first career appearance against Gary. The southpaw yielded just one run on three hits, four walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

 

Gary continues their four-game road trip against Sioux Falls on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Southpaw Jeff McKenzie (4-4, 4.26) opposes Canaries right-hander Grady Wood (8-3, 2.60) in game three of the seires.

 

Gary returns home for a four-game homestand against the Lincoln Saltdogs starting on Friday to conclude the regular season. Friday’s game is “Breakfast” Club Night and a Fireworks Friday. We’ll have breakfast for dinner and play 80s music. Wear your pajamas to the ballpark and stick around after the game for an explosive Fifth Third Bank Fireworks Show!

 

Jared Shlensky and Austin Anderson bring you all 100 RailCats games this season on WEFM (95.9 FM) and online at railcatsbaseball.com. Fans can purchase tickets for RailCats home games by calling (219) 882-BALL or online at railcatsbaseball.com. The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.