RAILCATS

LIVE: RailCats vs Explorers, two-for-one doubleheader

2014-06-11T15:45:00Z 2014-06-24T16:07:08Z LIVE: RailCats vs Explorers, two-for-one doubleheaderBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | Thanks to the rainout Tuesday, the RailCats are back in the position of playing a doubleheader, something that tends to force readjustments to the four-man rotation.

With last week's doubleheader against these same Sioux City Explorers, the RailCats were already planning to use a fifth man to the rotation this week, reentering Coleman Stephens into a spot start.

Stephens will instead start today in the second game of the DH. Pursuant to American Association rules, both games will be seven innings.

GAME 1

The lineup won't change from Tuesday's already posted order.

Sioux City Explorers (7-19)

LF Oscar Mesa

CF Michael Lang

1B Rene Tosoni

SS Nate Samson

3B Tommy Mendonca

2B Andres Perez

RF Peter Barrows

DH Dillon Usiak

C Todd Jennings

RHP Patrick Johnson (2-1, 4.43 ERA)

RailCats (15-9)

SS Danny Pulfer

RF Drew Martinez

LF Josh Romanski

DH Ryan Babineau

C Craig Maddox

3B Wally Backman Jr.

1B Jeremy Hamilton

2B Zac Mitchell

CF Cody Bishop

RHP Stephen Bougher (2-1, 2.73 ERA)

First inning

Oscar Mesa singles to open the game. Before the second pitch to Michael Lang, Mesa is caught off of first base for the first out. Michael Lang strikes out swinging. Rene Tosoni pops out to third base. Mid 1st inning: Explorers 0, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer is walked on five pitches. Drew Martinez grounds into an unassisted double play at first base (Tosoni grabs the ball on a line drive, then steps on first to take out Pulfer). Josh Romanski is walked. Ryan Babineau strikes out swinging. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Second inning

Nate Samson flies out to right field. Tommy Mendonca pops out to second base. Andres Perez grounds out to short. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Craig Maddox flies out to left field. Wally Backman is out for carrying his bat too far outside of the batter's box. Jeremy Hamilton flies out to left. End 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Third inning

Peter Barrows strikes out swinging; he's the second K for Bougher. Dillon Usiak singles up the middle. Todd Jennings singles with a ball that falls JUUUUUST inside the right-field foul line. Oscar Mesa flies out to left field. Michael Lang grounds out to second. Mid 3rd inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Zac Mitchell strikes out looking. Cody Bishop flies out to right field. Danny Pulfer doubles over the head of the second baseman. Drew Martinez grounds out to second. End 3rd inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Fourth inning

Rene Tosoni pops out foul to Craig Maddox. Nate Samson flies out to left field. Tommy Mendonca flies out to center field. Mid 4th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Josh Romanski strikes out swinging. Ryan Babineau is walked. Craig Maddox is hit by a pitch. Wally Backman Jr. strikes out swinging. Jeremy Hamilton lines out to third. End 4th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Fifth inning

Andres Perez singles up the middle. Peter Barrows lines to second, Zac Mitchell makes the catch and shovels the ball up to Danny Pulfer for the out at second. The throw to first is too late and Barrows is safe on the fielder's choice. Todd Jennings singles to keep the inning alive. Oscar Mesa singles to load the bases. Michael Lang strikes out looking, ending the inning. Mid 5th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Zac Mitchell strikes out looking for the second time today. Cody Bishop grounds out to second. Danny Pulfer is walked. On a pitch to Drew Martinez, Pulfer steals second. Drew Martinez flies out to center field. End 5th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Sixth inning

Rene Tosoni flies out to right field, sending Drew Martinez deep to the warning track. Nate Samson grounds out to third. Tommy Mendonca grounds out to second. Mid 6th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Josh Romanski is walked on five pitches. That'll bring a meeting on the mound. Patrick Johnson is done after 5+ IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 5 SO, 1 HP, he threw 102 pitches, 59 for strikes. Righty Geoff Broussard is the reliever. Ryan Babineau flies out center. Craig Maddox grounds into a double play. End 6th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Seventh inning

Chuck Fontana comes in to relieve Stephen Bougher, who went 6 IP, 6 H, 3 SO, he threw 75 pitches, 55 for strikes. Andres Perez flies out to left field, Peter Barrows grounds out to short, then Dillon Usiak flies out to left. Mid 7th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0.

Wally Backman Jr. grounds out second. Jeremy Hamilton singles into left field and Derek Smith enters to pinch run. Zac Mitchell strikes out looking. Adam Taylor will pinch hit for Cody Bishop. Wild pitch moves Smith to second. Adam Taylor strikes out swinging. Extra first-game baseball it is! End 7th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Eighth inning

Todd Jennings grounds out to third base. Oscar Mesa flies out to center. Michael Lang singles up the middle. Rene Tosoni flies out to left. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Danny Pulfer flies out to center field. Drew Martinez flies out to center. Josh Romanski grounds out to short. End 8th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Ninth inning

Kagen Hopkins will relieve Chuck Fontana, who gave up one hit in two innings. Nate Samson grounds out to third base. Tommy Mendonca strikes out swinging. Andres Perez also strikes out swinging. Mid 9th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Ryan Babineau grounds out to third base. Craig Maddox singles into center field. Wally Backman Jr. singles into right field. Derek Smith grounds to second, taking Backman out at second. Smith is safe on the fielder's choice. End 9th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

10th inning

Peter Barrows grounds out to short. Dillon Usiak flies out to center field. Todd Jennings pops out foul to Maddox. Mid 10th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Adam Taylor strikes out looking. Danny Pulfer flies out to center field. Drew Martinez also flies out to center field. End 10th inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

11th inning

The RailCats give up their first walk of the game in the 11th inning. Oscar Mesa is walked. Michael Lang grounds out to short, moving Mesa to second. That's it for Kagen Hopkins. James Giulietti relieves. Rene Tosoni singles up the middle, the ball is knocked down by Mitchell at second, holding Mesa at third. Nate Samson lays down a bunt, the throw by Giulietti is too hard to Maddox and overthrows the catcher. Mesa scores, Tosoni and Samson are on second and third on the throwing error. Tommy Mendonca doubles to left-center, scoring Tosoni and Samson. Andres Perez flies out to right, Mendonca moves to third. Peter Barrows doubles off the wall in right, scoring Mendonca. A wild pitch moves Barrows to third. Dillon Usiak lines back to the mound. Mid 11th inning: Explorers 4, RailCats 0

Josh Romanski lays down a bunt single. Ryan Babineau strikes out looking. As does Craig Maddox. Wally Backman Jr. flies out to right field. Final of Game 1: Explorers 4, RailCats 0

GAME 2

Lineups:

Sioux City Explorers (8-19)

LF Oscar Mesa

CF Michael Lang

1B Rene Tosoni

SS Nate Samson

3B Tommy Mendonca

2B Andres Perez

RF Peter Barrows

DH Dillon Usiak

C Todd Jennings

RHP John Straka (1-3, 2.59 ERA)

RailCats (15-10)

SS Danny Pulfer

RF Drew Martinez

DH Josh Romanski

1B Jeremy Hamilton

C Ryan Babineau

3B Wally Backman Jr.

LF Adam Taylor

2B Zac Mitchell

CF Cody Bishop

RHP Coleman Stephens (1-1, 4.50 ERA)

First inning

Oscar Mesa grounds out to short. Michael Lang hits an infield single to short. On an outside pitch to Rene Tosoni, Lang is out stealing second. It looks like Lang took a spike to the hand, that's not good for Explorers who have only nine infielders on their roster. If the injury is game-ending, they'll need to go with a pitcher to take over the outfield and hit. Rene Tosoni strikes out looking. Mid 1st inning: Explorers 0, RailCats 0

Greg Holt, Monday's starter against the RailCats, will play left field and Oscar Mesa moves to center. Holt will hit second in the order. Danny Pulfer grounds out to second. Drew Martinez singles into left field. Josh Romanski singles into shallow left, moving Martinez to third. Jeremy Hamilton pops out to third base, holding runners on the corners. Josh Romanski steals second. Ryan Babineau is walked on a full count to load the bases. Wally Backman Jr. flies out to center, a ball caught by Oscar Mesa on the run. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Second inning

Nate SAmson hits a fly ball to left field. Tommy Mendonca strikes out swinging. That's the second K for Stephens. Andres Perez is walked on a full count. Peter Barrows grounds to short, Perez is out at second on the fielder's choice. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Adam Taylor grounds out to first. Zac Mitchell lines out to first, the catch is ruled out, then safe, then out again. Cody Bishop flies out to center field. End 2nd inning: RailCats 0, Explorers 0

Third inning

Dillon Usiak singles to lead off the inning. Todd Jennings singles with a ball that hugs the third-base line. Oscar Mesa hits a sac fly to left, scoring Usiak from third base. Greg Holt strikes out looking. Rene Tosoni grounds out to second base. Mid 3rd inning: Explorers 1, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer opens with an infield hit. Drew Martinez hits into left field, a ball caught by center fielder Oscar Mesa. Josh Romanski flies out to center field, also caught by Mesa. Jeremy Hamilton flies out to center, Oscar Mesa is a busy guy. End 3rd inning: Explorers 1, RailCats 0

Fourth inning

Nate Samson is hit with a pitch, he tries to take first but the ump says he leaned into it. On the next pitch, Samson flies out to left field. Tommy Mendonca strikes out swinging, that's the fourth K by Coleman Stephens. Andres Perez singles up the middle. Dillon Usiak strikes out swinging. Mid 4th inning: Explorers 1, RailCats 0

Ryan Babineau strikes out looking. Wally Backman Jr. grounds out to short. Adam Taylor strikes out swinging. End 4th inning: Explorers 1, RailCats 0

Fifth inning

The RailCats will get their first in-game look at Travis McGee, who relieves Coleman Stephens. Todd Jennings flies out to right field. Oscar Mesa is walked on a full count. Greg Holt can hit! He's got a single into left field. Mesa is out at third on the throw from Romanski to Backman Jr. Rene Tosoni flies out foul to third base. Mid 5th inning: Explorers 1, RailCats 0

Zac Mitchell flies out to center. Cody Bishop pops out to short. Danny Pulfer singles into left field. On a throw to Drew Martinez, Pulfer steals second, then takes third on an E2. Martinez singles into left, scoring Pulfer. Josh Romanski singles to move Martinez to second. These three hitters have all the hits tonight. Jeremy Hamilton grounds out to second. End 5th inning: RailCats 1, Explorers 1

Sixth inning

Nate Samson singles up the middle. That's it for Travis McGee. Ethan Gibbons relieves after McGee threw 1+, 2 H, 1 BB, 20 pitches and 13 for strikes. Tommy Mendonca lays down a bunt single. Andres Perez lays down a sac bunt, moving both runners into scoring position. Peter Barrows is intentionally walked. Dillon Usiak strikes out swinging on three pitches. Todd Jennings doubles on a 3-2 pitch to score Samson, Mendonca and Barrows. Oscar Mesa reaches on a error by Pulfer. Greg Holt grounds out to short. Mid 6th inning: Explorers 4, RailCats 1

Ryan Babineau strikes out looking. Wally Backman Jr. grounds out to second. Adam Taylor strikes out swinging. End 6th inning: Explorers 4, RailCats 1

Seventh inning

Rene Tosoni flies out to left. Nate Samson lines out to left. Tommy Mendonca grounds out to short. Mid 7th inning: Explorers 4, RailCats 1

Zac Mitchell hits a one-hopper back to the mound. Cody Bishop flies out to center. Danny Pulfer flies out to right field. Final: Explorers 4, RailCats 1

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