LIVE: RailCats return home from Lone Star State

2013-06-07T17:00:00Z 2013-06-07T22:29:08Z LIVE: RailCats return home from Lone Star StateBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The RailCats split two series in Texas and return to U.S. Steel Yard with more injuries than they left with.

C Ryan Babineau and LHP Estevan Uriegas are on the disabled list, with Tyler Smith serving as the backup catcher. Stephen Hiscock missed two starts with shoulder soreness, but is slated to pitch Monday against Quebec. Zac Mitchell is also sitting, but not on the DL, with an injured finger.

Meanwhile, OF Mike Massaro owns a tie for the longest on-base streak in the league, reaching in all 19 games this season, and is on a 15-game hit streak, the longest current in the league.

Tonight's lineup:

Sioux Falls Canaries (8-13)

CF Nick Van Stratten

2B Jake Taylor

LF JP Ramirez

3B Jared Clark

DH John Alonso

1B Tim Pahuta

SS Cory Morales

RF Nate Baumann

C Kevin Dultz

LHP Adam Champion (1-1, 7.25 ERA)


RailCats (11-8)

LF Adam Klein

DH Mike Massaro

RF Cristian Guerrero

C Craig Maddox

1B Steve Liddle

3B Brian Kolb

CF Drew Martinez

SS Chase Tucker

2B Danny Pulfer

RHP Will Krout (1-1, 6.58 ERA)

The promotion tonight is Prom Night at U.S. Steel Yard. RailCats players Morgan Coombs and Ryan Babineau took pictures before the game under a balloon arch in prom-like fashion. Groundskeeper Michele Pickering is watering the field wearing a formal gown.

First inning

Nick Van Stratten flies out to center field. Jake Taylor and JP Ramirez hit back-to-back singles to put two on. Jared Clark grounds into a double play. Mid 1st inning: Canaries 0, RailCats 0

RailCats manager Greg Tagert is coaching third base. He's one of the few managers in the league that doesn't typically spend a game in the third-base box, so this is an anomaly. Adam Klein grounds out to second. Mike Massaro walks to continue his on-base streak, reaching 20 games. Cristian Guerrero flies out to left and Craig Maddox lines back to the mound, leaving Massaro on base. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Second inning

John Alonso flies out to right and Tim Pahuta and Cory Morales single to put two on. Nate Baumann hits back to the mound where Will Krout takes out Pahuta at third. Kevin Dultz flies out to center. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0.

Steve Liddle strikes out, Brian Kolb pops out foul to first base and Drew Martinez tries a bunt and is out at first on the throw from catcher Kevin Dultz. End 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0.

Third inning

Nick Van Stratten reaches on a fielding error by Brian Kolb. Back-to-back errors puts runners on second and third, this one on Adam Klein to put Jake Taylor on base. JP Ramirez grounds out to second, scoring Van Stratten. Jared Clark singles into left, scoring Taylor. John Alonso grounds into a double play. Mid 3rd inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Chase Tucker and Danny Pulfer strike out looking. Adam Klein walks to put a two-out runner on. Mike Massaro flies out to left. End 3rd inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Fourth inning

Tim Pahuta strikes out swinging and Cory Morales' ball on the warning track is caught by Adam Klein. Nate Baumann doubles to extend the inning. Kevin Dultz grounds out to short. Mid 4th inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Cristian Guerrero strikes out, the fourth K by Adam Champion. Craig Maddox and Steve Liddle are walked. Brian Kolb singles to load the bases. Drew Martinez walks to score Maddox. Chase Tucker grounds into a double play. End 4th inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 1

Fifth inning

Nick Van Stratten singles to put a leadoff runner on. He's caught stealing on a 1-2 pitch to Jake Taylor. As the next pitch is thrown to Taylor, Canaries pitching coach Mike Meyer disagrees with the caught stealing call and is tossed. Meyer argues with the home plate ump. Now Steve Shirley exits the dugout to argue with the ump and Meyer walks to third base to discuss with the third base umpire. Lots of harsh words, but Meyer is done for the night. Taylor then grounds out to third. JP Ramirez singles, as does Jared Clark. John Alonso grounds out to third. Mid 5th inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 1

Danny Pulfer walks to lead off the inning. Pulfer steals second. Adam Klein lines out to left field. Pulfer takes third on a wild pitch to Mike Massaro. When Massaro grounds out to second, Pulfer scores (can you say RailCatting?). Cristian Guerrero homers over the left field wall, the first home run at U.S. Steel Yard this season. The RailCats just scored two runs on one hit. Craig Maddox grounds out to second base. End 5th inning: RailCats 3, Canaries 2

Sixth inning

On the third pitch he saw, Tim Pahuta homers to right field to tie the game at 3-3. Cory Morales grounds out to short. Nate Baumann hits an infield single and Kevin Dultz finds a hole in shallow right. A single to right field by Nick Van Stratten loads the bases. Single by Jake Taylor scores Baumann and Dultz. That's it for Will Krout. Taylor Sewit replaces Krout on the mound. Krout leaves allowing 14 hits, one off the club record allowed by a single pitcher. JP Ramirez flies out to left, Van Stratten advances to third. Jared Clark grounds out. Mid 6th inning: Canaries 5, RailCats 3

New Canaries pitcher is Kyle Vazquez. Champion walked six, struck out four and allowed two hits with three runs. Steve Liddle grounds out to second and Brian Kolb grounds out to short. Drew Martinez doubles into left field. Chase Tucker strikes out swinging. End 6th inning: Canaries 5, RailCats 3.

Seventh inning

John Alonso flies out to right. Tim Pahuta, Cory Morales and Nate Baumann single to load the bases. Kevin Dultz grounds to third and Pahuta is taken out at home. Bases still loaded with two out. Nick Van Stratten is hit, scoring Morales. Jake Taylor grounds out, ending the inning. 7th inning stretch: Canaries 6, RailCats 3

Danny Pulfer singles to open the RailCats half of the inning. Pulfer is caught in a rundown and out 1-3-6. Adam Klein singles. Mike Massaro flies out to right. Cristian Guerrero is hit by a pitch. Jack Van Leur replaces Kyle Vazquez. On one pitch, Craig Maddox grounds out to second. End 7th inning: Canaries 6, RailCats 3

Eighth inning

Up, down 1-2-3. JP Ramirez, Jared Clark and John Alonso all hit fly balls to the outfield. Mid 8th inning: Canaries 6, RailCats 3

Steve Liddle grounds out to third. The Canaries pull Jack Van Leur (4 pitches, 3 strikes) for Matt Daly. Brian Kolb flies out to left and Drew Martinez strikes out swinging. End 8th inning: Canaries 6, RailCats 3

Ninth inning

Tim Pahuta has hit No. 4, a double. Cory Morales flies out to right, Pahuta takes third base. Nate Baumann hits a homer that also scores Pahuta. That's a four-hit night for Baumann, too. Kevin Dutz, flies out to center and Nick Van Stratten grounds back to the mound. Mid 9th inning: Canaries 8, RailCats 3.

Pinch hitter for the RailCats is Zac Mitchell, who grounds back to the mound. Danny Pulfer is walked. Adam Klein strikes out swinging, that's new. Mike Massaro flies out to left, his hitting streak of 15 games is over. Final: Canaries 8, RailCats 3.

After the game

RailCats manager Greg Tagert said:

About need for more offensive production -- "Until we can provide a little more offense, we have to do everything else extremely well. Our record is showing we're going closer to the wrong way. We've had a couple losses in a row because of pitching and bad defense, and we've lost three of our last five that way."

On maintaining the lead -- "In the sixth inning we scored two (runs) on two hits and we got a home run from Cristian, and in baseball you can't have more of a momentum than that. Then we didn't shut it down in the sixth inning."

On being out-hit 19-5 -- "The two that they got early, that hurts, but even the hit differential at the time, when Cristian's home run put us up at the time and that was only our second hit. Will's going to give up his share of hits, but they came in bunches tonight."

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Hillary Smith has covered prep, pro and college sports -- and even a Dixie Baseball World Series -- for newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995.



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