RAILCATS

LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries, turnaround Tuesday

2014-06-24T16:15:00Z 2014-06-24T22:10:37Z LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries, turnaround TuesdayBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The tarp came off the field in time for the RailCats to take batting practice.

That's good news for the hitters, who left nine on base Monday night in a 6-3 loss. Prior to the Monday game, manager Greg Tagert said that his catchers -- Craig Maddox and Ryan Babineau -- are typically most disappointed when batting practice is missed.

The 'Cats were planning to work on bunting drills with the pitching staff Monday as well as use the time to work on defensive drills with Ryan Brockett, who is coming off of a head injury after taking a line drive to the cheek bone last week.

Brockett has been activated from the DL today, his first day available, and is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

As of 5:20, it looks like BP has been scrapped for light outfield tosses, but not actual BP as the field is still being cleaned, dried and chalked. The inside batting cages will take a beating for the second day in a row.

Tonight's lineup:

Sioux Falls Canaries (14-22)

RF Steve Tinoco

LF Brandon Jones

1B AJ Kirby-Jones

CF Chris Valencia

3B Carlos Mendez

DH Chris Duffy

SS Stephen Branca

2B Sam Lind

C Kevin Dultz

RHP Kyle Vazquez (2-2, 3.54 ERA)

RailCats (20-16)

3B Danny Pulfer

RF Drew Martinez

2B Zac Mitchell

C Ryan Babineau

DH Craig Maddox

1B Wally Backman Jr.

LF Josh Romansky

SS Ryan Brockett

CF Drew Muren

RHP Stephen Hiscock (2-3, 3.86 ERA)

First inning

Steve Tinoco lines out to Brockett at short. Brandon Jones flies out to center field. AJ Kirby-Jones grounds out to short. Mid 1st inning: Canaries 0, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer strikes out looking. Drew Martinez reaches on a dropped third strike. Zac Mitchell grounds out to third base, moving Martinez to second. Ryan Babineau grounds out to second. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Second inning

Drew Muren makes a sliding center field catch to steal a hit from Chris Valencia. Carlos Mendez singles for the first hit of the game. Chris Duffy flies out to right field. Stephen Branca strikes out swinging. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Craig Maddox hits a 3-2 pitch to left-center for a double. Wally Backman Jr. grounds out to second, moving Maddox to third. Josh Romanski singles into right to score Maddox. Ryan Brockett is hit by a pitch. Drew Muren grounds to first, taking Brockett out at second. The rally to first isn't in time for the double play, RailCats have runners on the corners. Danny Pulfer grounds out to third base. End 2nd inning: RailCats 1, Canaries 0

Third inning

Sam Lind strikes out looking. Kevin Dultz flies out to center field. Steve Tinoco strikes out looking. Mid 3rd inning: RailCats 1, Canaries 0

Drew Martinez hits an infield single. Zac Mitchell grounds to second, where Martinez is out on the fielder's choice. Ryan Babineau singles into right, moving Mitchell to third. Craig Maddox hits a sac fly to center to score Mitchell, and Babineau is caught in an 8-3-5 rundown. End 3rd inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Fourth inning

Brandon Jones strikes out swinging. As does AJ Kirby-Jones. Chris Valencia hits a shallow fly ball to center field, the ball is caught by Drew Muren on the slide. Muren holds up the ball to signal he still has it. First-base ump calls out, third-base ump calls safe. Greg Tagert appeals, and Valencia is out. Mid 4th inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Wally Backman Jr. strikes out swinging. Josh Romanski flies out to center field. Ryan Brockett grounds out to short. End 4th inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Fifth inning

Carlos Mendez flies out to right field. Chris Duffy doubles with a ball that hugs the first-base line. Stephen Branca lines out to third base. Sam Lind is walked and Kevin Dultz strikes out swinging. Mid 5th inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Drew Muren opens with a single. Danny Pulfer flies out to center. Drew Martinez flies out to right. Zac Mitchell strikes out looking, that's the third K by Vazquez, all looking. End 5th inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Sixth inning

Steve Tinoco opens with a double. Brandon Jones singles to move Tinoco to third. AJ Kirby-Jones strikes out swinging. Chris Valencia hits a sac fly to center, scoring Tinoco. Carlos Mendez grounds out to second base. Mid 6th inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 1

Ryan Babineau singles into right field. Craig Maddox grounds out to second, taking Babineau out. Maddox out-runs the double play. Wally Backman Jr. is walked. A triple by Josh Romanski scores Maddox and Backman. Ryan Brockett grounds out to first to score Romanski. Drew Muren reaches on a fielding error at second. Danny Pulfer strikes out looking. End 6th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 1

Seventh inning

Chris Duffy hits a homer into left field. Stephen Branca singles into left field. That's it for Stephen Hiscock, who struck out seven in 6+ innings. Ethan Gibbons relieves him. Sam Lind flies out to center. Kevin Dultz grounds out to second, scoring Branca. Steve Tinoco knocks a single up the middle. Brandon Jones strikes out swinging. Mid 7th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Kye Winter enters to pitch for the Canaries. Drew Martinez flies out to left field. Zac Mitchell is walked on a full count. On a pitch to Ryan Babineau, Mitchell steals second. Babineau grounds out to short, leaving Mitchell on second. Craig Maddox strikes out checking his swing. End 7th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Eighth inning

AJ Kirby-Jones strikes out swinging at a 3-2 pitch. Chris Valencia flies out to left field. Carlos Mendez strikes out swinging. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 3

Wally Backman Jr. is walked. Josh Romanski doubles to score Backman. The outfielder has a single, double and triple tonight. Sac bunt by Ryan Brockett moves Romanski to third. Drew Muren homers over the right-field wall to score Romanski. That'll be it for Kye Winter. Erick Gonzalez enters to relieve Winter. Danny Pulfer is walked on five pitches. Drew Martinez singles into left to move Pulfer to second. Zac Mitchell grounds out to first, moving Pulfer to third and Martinez to second. Ryan Babineau grounds out to short. End 8th inning: RailCats 8, Canaries 3

Ninth inning

Kevin Brahney in to pitch for the RailCats. Chris Duffy grounds out to short. Stephen Branca grounds out to second. Ty Forney in to pinch hit for the Canaries. Forney flies out to right. FINAL: RailCats 8, Canaries 3

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