LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries, Wednesday edition

2014-06-25T17:00:00Z 2014-06-25T22:11:06Z LIVE: RailCats vs. Canaries, Wednesday editionBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The RailCats are finally able to take some batting practice thanks to a break in the clouds. The tarp was on the field at 4 p.m., but was extracted at 4:38 so that the team didn't miss a third straight day of BP.

The RailCats have lost to Sioux Falls just once this year -- on Monday -- and hold a 6-1 record against the Canaries. The four-game series that ends Thursday is the third of four times the two teams meet this season. The final meeting will be July 1-3, next week.

Prior to the game, the RailCats announced that they've traded first baseman Jeremy Hamilton to Lincoln for future considerations. The team then signed infielder Adam Humes, a Frontier League player last season.

Hamilton leaves tied for a team lead in doubles with 10. (He is tied with Craig Maddox.)

Humes played in Florence in the Frontier League last season and in McAllen of the United League. He played in college at Northwood University in Texas and summer wood bat in the Alaskan Baseball League.

Tonight's lineup:

Sioux Falls Canaries (14-23)

RF Steven 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

LHP Joe Bircher (1-3, 3.92 ERA)

RailCats (21-16)

3B Danny Pulfer

RF Drew Martinez

2B Zac Mitchell

C Ryan Babineau

1B Adam Humes

DH Derek Smith

LF Josh Romanski

SS Ryan Brockett

CF Drew Muren

RHP Stephen Bougher (2-2, 3.27 ERA)

First inning

Steve Tinoco flies out to right field. Brandon Jones strikes out swinging, that's a quick K for Bougher. AJ Kirby-Jones singles into left. Bougher started the Saturday-Sunday almost-no-hitter with two innings of hitless ball on Saturday before the game was called for rain. Chris Valencia flies out to right. Mid 1st inning: Canaries 0, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer is hit by a pitch on his foot. Drew Martinez singles to move Pulfer to second. Zac Mitchell lays down a sac bunt, moving both runners into scoring position. Ryan Babineau doubles to score Pulfer and Martinez. Babineau is out on a late steal at third. Adam Humes strikes out looking in his first at-bat for the RailCats. End 1st inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Second inning

Carlos Mendez grounds out to short. Chris Duffy strikes out swinging. Stephen Branca strikes out looking. That was quick. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 2, Canaries 0

Derek Smith singles into left. Josh Romanski also singles into left. Ryan Brockett flies out right. Drew Muren singles to score Smith. A sac bunt by Pulfer scores Romanski. Drew Martinez doubles to score Muren. Zac Mitchell grounds out to first. End 2nd inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 0

Third inning

Sam Lind strikes out looking (that's three K in a row for Bougher). Kevin Dultz grounds out to first. Steve Tinoco flies out to center, a ball caught on the run by Drew Muren. Mid 3rd inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 0

Ryan Babineau pops out to second base. Adam Humes singles as his first hit as a RailCat. Derek Smith singles to move Humes to second. Josh Romanski strikes out swinging. Ryan Brockett grounds out to second to leave the runners on the corners. End 3rd inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 0

Fourth inning

Brandon Jones pops out to third base. AJ Kirby-Jones flies out to right. Chris Valencia flies out to left. The RailCats have retired 10 straight. Mid 4th inning: RailCats 5, Canaries 0

Drew Muren flies out to left field. Danny Pulfer singles. Drew Martinez singles. A single by Zac Mitchell scores Pulfer, but Mitchell is out at second trying to turn the single into a double. Ryan Babineau is walked. Adam Humes singles to score Martinez. Derek Smith grounds out to first base. End 4th inning: RailCats 7, Canaries 0

Fifth inning

Carlos Mendez flies out to left. Chris Duffy flies out to center field. Stephen Branca flies out to right. Mid 5th inning: RailCats 7, Canaries 0

Josh Romanski grounds out to second. Ryan Brockett, the only RailCat with out a hit so far, grounds out to the mound. Drew Muren singles to keep the inning alive. Danny Pulfer looks like he's singled into right field until Sam Lind dives at second to stop the ball and throws from the ground for the out. End 5th inning: RailCats 7, Canaries 0

Sixth inning

RailCats allow first base runner since first inning with a walk to Sam Lind. Kevin Dultz lines out to left. Steve Tinoco is also walked. Brandon Jones flies out to left. AJ Kirby-Jones homers over the left-field wall to also score Lind and Tinoco. Chris Valencia flies out to center. Mid 6th inning: RailCats 7, Canaries 3

Chase Boruff, who was just signed by Sioux Falls, will relieve Joe Bircher. Also, Ty Forney takes over at short and will bat seventh for the Canaries. Drew Martinez turns a single into a double, he's that quick. Boruff walks Mitchell after Martinez steals third. Ryan Babineau hits an infield single to score Martinez. Wally Backman Jr. will hit for Humes. Zac Mitchell scores as Backman grounds into a double play. The bases are clear. Derek Smith grounds out to first. End 6th inning: RailCats 9, Canaries 3

Seventh inning

Carlos Mendez singles under the glove of Danny Pulfer at third. Chris Duffy is walked. That'll bring a meeting on the mound with Greg Tagert. Ty Forney flies out to left. Sam Lind lines into a double play that then catches Mendez off of second base. Mid 7th inning: RailCats 9, Canaries 3

Erick Gonzalez will pitch for the Canaries, relieving Chase Boruff. Josh Romanski grounds out to first. Ryan Brockett pops out to short. Drew Muren singles up the middle. Danny Pulfer singles into right to move Muren to third. Drew Martinez grounds into a fielder's choice thattakes out Pulfer at second. End 7th inning: RailCats 9, Canaries 3

Eighth inning

Coleman Stephens, who was activated from the DL on Tuesday, will pitch the eighth for the RailCats. Kevin Dultz pops out to short. Steve Tinoco strikes out looking. Brandon Jones hits a standup double to right. AJ Kirby-Jones grounds out to third. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 9, Canaries 3

Zac Mitchell grounds out to short. Ryan Babineau strikes out looking. Wally Backman Jr. grounds out to first. End 8th inning: RailCats 9, Canaries 3

Ninth inning

Chris Valencia grounds out to third. Carlos Mendez singles over the head of Zac Mitchell at second. Mendez takes second base on a defensive indifference. Chris Duffy hits a single into right to put runners on the corners. Ty Forney singles to third base, Mendez scores, the throw from Pulfer to first is to the warning track and Duffy takes third on the error. A sac fly from Sam Lind scores Duffy. Forney takes second on defensive indifference. Kevin Dultz singles up the middle, and Forney scores on an E8. This is getting ridiculous. Steve Tinoco grounds out to short. FINAL: RailCats 9, Canaries 6

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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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