RAILCATS

LIVE: RailCats vs Canaries, watching the skies for rain

2014-06-23T17:00:00Z 2014-06-24T16:13:15Z LIVE: RailCats vs Canaries, watching the skies for rainBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The RailCats held an on-field team meeting at their usual "batting practice" time, but the field at U.S. Steel Yard remains tarped.

The new tarp for the infield is larger than the old, grey one. This is white and covers more area, stretching farther into foul territory and behind home plate.

The previous tarp was given an appropriate send off after Sunday's doubleheader, as the grounds crew filled it with water and invited fans to use it as a slip-and-slide.

In his pregame interview session, manager Greg Tagert said that the RailCats batters are most frustrated when batting practice is called for rain. The tarp went on the field at about 1:30 and stayed on through BP, though there was no rain between 4:30-5:30, when the 'Cats would have been hitting.

Today's lineup:

Sioux Falls Canaries (13-22)

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 Ruwe (1-4, 7.31 ERA)

RailCats (20-15)

LF Cody Bishop

RF Drew Martinez

2B Zac Mitchell

DH Ryan Babineau

C Craig Maddox

3B Wally Backman Jr.

1B Derek Smith

SS Caleb Palensky

CF Drew Muren

RHP Dustin Crenshaw (4-1, 2.21 ERA)

First inning

Steve Tinoco is walked on a full count. Brandon Jones flies out to right field. AJ Kirby-Jones is the first strikeout victim of Dustin Crenshaw. Chris Valencia is walked. Carlos Mendez grounds back to the mound. Mid 1st inning: Canaries 0, RailCats 0

Cody Bishop grounds back to the mound. Drew Martinez grounds out to second. Zac Mitchell flies out to left field. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Second inning

Chris Duffy grounds out to the second baseman. Stephen Branca singles into left. Sam Lind knocks a swinging bunt infield single. Kevin Dultz strikes out swinging. Steve Tinoco flies out to center field. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Ryan Babineau strikes out swinging. Craig Maddox singles into shallow right-center. Maddox steals second on a pitch to Wally Backman Jr. Backman strikes out swinging. Derek Smith grounds back to the mound. End 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Canaries 0

Third inning

Brandon Jones leads off with a single. AJ Kirby-Jones is walked. Chris Valencia lays down a sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Carlos Mendez pops out to second. Chris Duffy singles up the middle to score Jones and Kirby-Jones. Stephen Branca flies out to center. Mid 3rd inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Caleb Palensky lines out to first base. Drew Muren strikes out looking. Cody Bishop grounds out to first. That was quick. End 3rd inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Fourth inning

Sam Lind grounds out to third base. Kevin Dultz pops out to second base. Steve Tinoco grounds out to second. Mid 4th inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Drew Martinez grounds out to second. Zac Mitchell hits a very shallow infield single. Ryan Babineau pops out to first. Craig Maddox grounds out to second. End 4th inning: Canaries 2, RailCats 0

Fifth inning

Brandon Jones flies out to left field. AJ Kirby-Jones knocks a home run that sails over the McDonald's sign in left-center. Chris Valencia strikes out swinging. Carlos Mendez hits an infield single. A double by Chris Duffy scores Valencia. Stephen Branca strikes out looking. That's four K for Crenshaw. Mid 5th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 0

Wally Backman Jr. singles to open the fifth. A double by Derek Smith scores Backman. Caleb Palensky strikes out swinging, the fourth K by Ruwe. Drew Muren flies out to center. Cody Bishop is walked. Drew Martinez singles to score Smith. Zac Mitchell flies out to right field. End 5th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 2

Sixth inning

The RailCats bring in Chuck Fontana to relieve Dustin Crenshaw. Fontana hits Sam Lind as the first batter he faces. Kevin Dultz is walked. Steve Tinoco pops out to Craig Maddox behind the plate. Brandon Jones strikes out. As does AJ Kirby-Jones. Mid 6th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 2

Ryan Babineau pops out to second. Craig MAddox triples to the wall in right-center. Wally Backman Jr. singles to score Maddox. Derek Smith and Caleb Palensky fly out to left. End 6th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 3

Seventh inning

Chris Valencia flies out to center field. Carlos Mendez flies out to left. Chris Duffy strikes out swinging. Seventh-inning stretch: Canaries 4, RailCats 3

Joe Testa relieves Kyle Ruwe. Drew Muren reaches on a fielding error by SF shortstop Stephen Branca. Cody Bishop strikes out looking at a full count. On a pitch to Drew Martinez, Muren steals second. Drew Martinez strikes out swinging at a full count. Zac Mitchell walks on a full count. Ryan Babineau strikes out swinging. End 7th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 3

Eighth inning

Kagen Hopkins will pitch the eighth for the RailCats. Stephen Branca grounds out to short. Sam Lind strikes out swinging. Kevin Dultz pops out to first base. Mid 8th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 3

Craig Maddox grounds out to first. Wally Backman Jr. grounds out to third base. Derek Smith singles up the middle, nearly taking off Joe Testa's hat. AJ Kirby-Jones reaches up and snags a ball on the hop off the bat of Caleb Palensky that would have been a hit and Testa outruns Palensky to tag him at first. End 8th inning: Canaries 4, RailCats 3

Ninth inning

Steve Tinoco doubles with a ball that hugs the right-field line. Brandon Jones singles to put Canaries runners on the corners. AJ Kirby-Jones pops out to short. Chris Valencia grounds to short where Kirby-Jones is out at second. The relay to first is not in time so Tinoco scores from third. A single by Carlos Mendez scores Valencia from second. Chris Duffy pops out to second. Mid 9th inning: Canaries 6, RailCats 3

Alan DeRatt will close for the Canaries. Drew Muren strikes out swinging. Cody Bishop flies out to center field. Drew Martinez singles into left field, then takes second on a defensive indifference. Zac Mitchell grounds out to second. FINAL: Canaries 6, RailCats 3

Listen to a podcast of Greg Tagert's postgame interview:

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