RAILCATS

LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries on Bark in the Park Day

2014-06-08T13:30:00Z 2014-06-08T16:46:04Z LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries on Bark in the Park DayBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The RailCats are riding a six-game winning streak, the longest of the season and the longest since last year's eight ni a row to end June.

The 'Cats hope to close out their second straight series sweep against Sioux Falls with the Sunday matinee.

Today's lineups:

Sioux Falls Canaries (6-16)

CF Drew Muren

3B Carlos Mendez

LF Brandon Jones

2B Shelby Ford

RF Chris Valencia

1B AJ Kirby-Jones

DH Chris Duffy

SS Stephen Branca

C Kevin Dultz

RHP John Brebbia (2-1, 3.86 ERA)

RailCats (14-8)

SS Danny Pulfer

RF Drew Martinez

LF Josh Romanski

DH Ryan Babineau

C Craig Maddox

1B Wally Backman Jr.

CF Justin Gominsky

2B Zac Mitchell

3B Derek Smith

RHP Dustin Crenshaw (1-1, 1.80 ERA)

First inning

Drew Muren grounds out to third base. Carlos Mendez grounds out to short. Brandon Jones is walked on four pitches. Shelby Ford puts two Canaries on with a single to left. Chris Valencia hits a fly ball right to Gominsky in center (I think Gominsky moved a half foot to make the catch). MID 1st INNING: Canaries 0, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer strikes out looking. Drew Martinez grounds out to second. Josh Romanski gives the RailCats a two-out runner with an infield single. Ryan Babineau reaches with a ball hit right to the shortstop, who then bobbles it. Runners advance on the E6. Both RailCats are in scoring position on a wild pitch to Craig Maddox. Maddox hits a dribbler back to the mound, ending the inning. END 1st INNING: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Second inning

AJ Kirby-Jones strikes out swinging. Chris Duffy flies out to left field. A bloop single into shallow left by Stephen Branca keeps the inning alive. A wild pitch to Kevin Dultz moves Branca to second. Dultz singles into center, scoring Branca. Drew Muren flies out to center field. MID 2nd INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Wally Backman Jr. strikes out looking. Justin Gominsky flies out to right field. Zac Mitchell strikes out looking. Canaries pitcher John Brebbia has 3 K, all looking. END 2nd INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Third inning

Carlos Mendez grounds out to second. Brandon Jones pops out foul to third base. Shelby Ford hits a high ball caught by Pulfer at short. MID 3rd INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Derek Smith singles, he's the second hit of the game for the RailCats. On a pitch to Danny Pulfer, Smith is caught stealing second. Danny Pulfer strikes out looking, again. Drew Martinez singles off the first pitch he sees from Brebbia. Josh Romanski grounds to short, taking Martinez out at second. END 3rd INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Fourth inning

Chris Valencia lines out to short, a diving play by Danny Pulfer. AJ Kirby-Jones hits a double over the head of Drew Martinez in right. Chris Duffy also lines out to short. Stephen Branca strikes out swinging. MID 4th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Ryan Babineau strikes out checking his swing. Craig Maddox strikes out swinging. John Brebbia has six K. Wally Backman Jr. flies out to center field, a ball caught on the dive by Drew Muren. END 4th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Fifth inning

Kevin Dultz grounds out to short. Drew Muren flies out to center field. Dustin Crenshaw has thrown 22 pitches to the previous nine batters. Carlos Mendez strikes out. MID 5th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Justin Gominsky grounds out to short. Zac Mitchell flies out to left. Derek Smith grounds out to third. END 5th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Sixth inning

Brandon Jones flies out to center. Shelby Ford also flies out to center. Chris Valencia grounds out to second. MID 6th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer singles into left field. Drew Martinez flies out to right, leaving Pulfer at first. Josh Romanski singles up the middle after starting with a 1-2 pitch. Ryan Babineau grounds into a double play, taking out Romanski at second. END 6th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

Seventh inning

AJ Kirby-Jones is walked. He's moved to second on a ground out to first by Chris Duffy. Stephen Branca strikes out swinging. Kevin Dultz flies out to right. MID 7th INNING: Canaries 1, RailCats 0

New pitcher for the Canaries is righty Kyle Kingsley. John Brebbia leaves after 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 6 SO, 1 WP, he threw 91 pitches, 57 for strikes. Craig Maddox only needed to see one pitch from Kingsley to hit a homer over the right field wall. Wally Backman Jr. hits a double to right field (about three feet shy of where Maddox's hit went over the wall). Justin Gominsky lays down a sac bunt and the Canaries try to take Backman out at third base. That didn't work and now runners are on the corners. There's a meeting on the Canaries' mound. Zac Mitchell is walked to load the bases. Jeremy Hamilton will pinch hit for Derek Smith. Hamilton doubles off the wall in right-center, scoring Backman, Gominsky and Mitchell. That's it for Kyle Kingsley, who threw to five batters and gave up the lead. He's replaced by Kirk Klark, also a righty. Danny Pulfer is hit by a pitch. Drew Martinez hits a single that bounces off of second base and into shallow right-center, scoring Hamilton. Danny Pulfer scores on a wild pitch. Ryan Babineau is walked to load the bases. Craig Maddox grounds into a double play as Martinez scores and Babineau is taken out at second. Wally Backman flies out to left. END 7th INNING: RailCats 7, Canaries 1

Eighth inning

Kevin Brahney replaces Dustin Crenshaw on the mound. Crenshaw allowed one run, four hits and four strikeouts in seven innings. Drew Muren hits a single that takes a weird hop before hitting Danny Pulfer. Carlos Mendez flies out to right field. Brandon Jones strikes out looking. Shelby Ford flies out to center. MID 8th INNING: RailCats 7, Canaries 1

Alan DeRatt will pitch the eighth for the Canaries, replacing Kirk Klark. Justin Gominsky flies out to right field. Zac Mitchell grounds out to second. Jeremy Hamilton grounds out to short. END 8th INNING: RailCats 7, Canaries 1

Ninth inning

Chuck Fontana will pitch the ninth for the RailCats, relieving Brahney. Chris Valencia is walked. AJ Kirby-Jones hits an infield single, and a throwing error on Danny Pulfer gives Valencia third base. Chris Duffy strikes out swinging. Stephen Branca also strikes out swinging. Kevin Dultz strikes out looking. FINAL: RailCats 7, Canaries 1

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