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LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries, end of the homestand

2014-06-26T17:00:00Z 2014-06-26T22:38:05Z LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries, end of the homestandBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The tarp hasn't seen the field at U.S. Steel Yard for hours and the RailCats played a simulated game as well as took batting practice to open the final pregame of their home stand.

The 'Cats entered this seven-game stint at home playing almost .500 ball, having won four and lost five since a winning streak of seven straight opened June.

The RailCats lost their first home series against Lincoln, dropping a Friday game 7-4, then splitting a Sunday doubleheader. A loss to Sioux Falls -- for the first time this season -- opened the series against the Canaries, but the RailCats won the last two games: 8-3 and 9-6.

Tonight's lineup:

Sioux Falls Canaries (14-24)

RF Steve Tinoco

LF Brandon Jones

DH AJ Kirby-Jones

CF Chris Valencia

3B Carlos Mendez

1B Chris Duffy

SS Stephen Branca

2B Sam Lind

C Kevin Dultz

RHP Ben Moore (4-1, 2.58 ERA)

RailCats (22-16)

3B Danny Pulfer

RF Drew Martinez

2B Zac Mitchell

DH Ryan Babineau

C Craig Maddox

1B Wally Backman Jr.

LF Josh Romanski

SS Ryan Brockett

CF Drew Muren

RHP Morgan Coombs (3-3. 3.86 ERA)

First inning

Steve Tinoco doubles into left-center. Brandon Jones doubles to score Tinoco. Morgan Coombs fans AJ Kirby-Jones. Chris Valencia strikes out looking. Carlos Mendez singles to score Jones. Chris Duffy strikes out. Technically, Coombs struck out the side. Mid 1st inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer grounds out to second. Drew Martinez flies out to left field. The fog that was hanging while the Canaries batted seems to have dissipated while the RailCats are batting, making the ball easier for the outfielders to find. Zac Mitchell is hit in the shoulder with a pitch. Ryan Babineau grounds to third, Mitchell is out at second. End 1st inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Second inning

Stephen Branca grounds out to short. Sam Lind pops out to third base. Kevin Dultz grounds out to short. Mid 2nd inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Craig Maddox knocks a two-base error, the ball dropped along the left-field line by shorstop Stephen Branca. Wally Backman Jr. strikes out. Josh Romanski reaches first on a fielding error at first. Ryan Brockett hits a sac fly that scores Maddox. Drew Muren is hit by a pitch. Danny Pulfer reaches on a ball hit to short that's thrown to second but Muren beats the throw. Drew Martinez flies out to center. End 2nd inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 1

Third inning

Steve Tinoco flies out to center, Drew Muren runs to the warning track to nab the ball. Brandon Jones singles. AJ Kirby-Jones flies out to center field. Chris Valencia doubles to score Jones from second. Carlos Mendez strikes out. Mid 3rd inning: Canaries 3, RailCats 1

Zac Mitchell singles between second and first. A double by Ryan Babineau scores Mitchell from first. Craig Maddox strikes out. Wally Backman Jr. singles to put two on. Josh Romanski triples to score Babineau and Backman. A single up the middle from Ryan Brockett scores Romanski. Drew Muren flies out to center field. Danny Pulfer hits an infield single to put two on. Drew Martinez pops out to short. End 3rd inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Fourth inning

Chris Duffy grounds out to short. Stephen Branca singles into center field. Sam Lind strikes out swinging. Kevin Dultz flies out to right. Mid 4th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

The fog seems to be breaking up, maybe for real this time? Zac Mitchell grounds out to short. Ryan Babineau singles, followed by a single from Craig Maddox. Wally Backman Jr. flie sout to center. Josh Romanski strikes out swinging. End 4th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Fifth inning

Steve Tinoco singles into center. Brandon Jones grounds out to second, but the ball is nabbed by Ryan Brockett coming in from short. Brockett realizes he has no one to throw to at second and takes out Jones at first. AJ Kirby-Jones grounds out to Brockett, this time really at short. Carlos Mendez grounds out to second. Mid 5th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Ryan Brockett is walked on a full count. Drew Muren flies out to center. Danny Pulfer is caught looking at a third strike. Drew Martinez grounds to short, taking Brockett out at second. End 5th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Sixth inning

Carlos Mendez grounds out to third base. Chris Duffy flies out to center. Stephen Branca flies out to right. Mid 6th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Joe Testa will relieve Ben Moore, who allowed nine hits and five runs (four earned). Zac Mitchell pops out to short. Ryan Babineau and Craig Maddox follow with back-to-back singles again. An error at short loads the bases as Wally Backman Jr. is on first. The Canaries commit their third error of the game. Josh Romanski hits a shallow fly ball to left field, the ball falls in front of Brandon Jones. Jones grabs the ball, throwing it to third to catch Maddox on the basepath as Babineau scores the unearned run. Romanski reaches on the fielder's choice. Ryan Brockett strikes out swinging. End 6th inning: RailCats 6, Canaries 3

Seventh inning

On the first pitch he sees, Sam Lind grounds out to second. Kevin Dultz singles as does Steve Tinoco to bring Greg Tagert to the mound. That's it for Morgan Coombs, who will be relieved by Chuck Fontana. Brandon Jones singles into right to score Dultz. AJ Kirby-Jones grounds to second where Jones is out, but Tinoco scores. Chris Valencia flies out to left. Mid 7th inning: RailCats 6, Canaries 5

New pitcher for Canaries is John Brebbia, who relieves Joe Testa. Drew Muren grounds out to second. Danny Pulfer strikes out looking. Drew Martinez singles up the middle. The RailCats haven't had a 1-2-3 inning yet. Zac Mitchell strikes out swinging. End 7th inning: RailCats 6, Canaries 5

Eighth inning

James Parr will relieve Chuck Fontana. Carlos Mendez flies out to right. Josh Romanski appears to have lost the fly ball to left in the fog, but he recovers in time for the out on Chris Duffy. The fly ball to left from Stephen Branca is much easier. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 6, Canaries 5

Ryan Babineau reaches first on a fielding error by first baseman Chris Duffy. Babineau is out trying to steal second. Craig Maddox lines out to center. Wally Backman Jr. doubles into left. Josh Romanski grounds out to second. End 8th inning: RailCats 6, Canaries 5

Ninth inning

Kevin Brahney will close for the RailCats. Sam Lind hits a bunt single. Kevin Dultz flies out to center on a 3-2 pitch. Steve Tinoco is walked. A single by Brandon Jones loads the bases. Sac fly by AJ Kirby Jones scores Lind. Tinoco tags up at second and runs to third, the throw just misses the tag and all runners are safe. Chris Valencia pops out to short. Mid 9th inning: RailCats 6, Canaries 6

Alan DeRatt will pitch for the Canaries and Cody Bishop will pinch hit for the RailCats. Bishop is walked. Drew Muren lays down a sac bunt that moves Bishop to second. Danny Pulfer singles up the middle to score Bishop and end the game. FINAL: RailCats 7, Canaries 6

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