GARY | The RailCats have won five straight and 11 of their last 12 at home.
This four-game home stand is the only time that Fargo-Moorhead, a former Northern League foe, will be in town all season. The 'Cats hold a 3-1 advantage so far this season.
After the two series road trip that ended with a sweep in Winnipeg on Tuesday, manager Greg Tagert said he hoped his team could score earlier rather than later, not that the late-game heroics aren't exciting.
The 'Cats have scored their most runs of the season in the first inning: 39 runs in 51 games. Their second highest grossing inning is the sixth, in which they've scored 38 runs.
Just as I'm writing this, the RailCats announced they've signed Washington Township product Josh Biggs to a contract as a left-handed reliever. Morgan Coombs will go on the DL with shingles, Tagert said.
Biggs was 12-7 with a 3.02 ERA in three seasons in Evansville. Last season, he was both a starter and a reliever, going 3-2 in 16 games.
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (30-22)
SS Zach Penprase
LF Mitch Einertson
CF Nic Jackson
2B CJ Retherford
DH Tim Albers
3B Ronnie Bourquin
C Todd Jennings
RF Buddy Sosnoskie
RHP Paul Burnside (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
LF Adam Klein
RF Mike Massaro
DH Cristian Guerrero
C Craig Maddox
1B Christian Vitters
3B Brian Kolb
CF Drew Martinez
SS Zac Mitchell
2B Danny Pulfer
RHP Billy Spottiswood (2-0, 4.83 ERA)
Zach Penprase strikes out swinging. Mitch Einertson flies out to left on the second pitch he sees. Nic Jackson also flies out to left, a ball that Adam Klein catches on the run and back-handed grab. Mid 1st inning: RailCats 0, RedHawks 0
Adam Klein flies out to center and Mike Massaro strikes out swinging. Cristian Guerrero pops out to second base. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, RedHawks 0
CJ Retherford flies out to left field and Keith Brachold grounds out to second, where Danny Pulfer makes the diving stop and Christian Vitters stretches for the catch. Tim Albers grounds out to short, just behind the tag by Vitters. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, RedHawks 0
Craig Maddox is walked. Christian Vitters singles into the first-second gap to put two on. Brian Kolb lays down a sac bunt. A sacrifice fly by Drew Martinez scores Maddox as the RailCats take a 1-0 lead. Zac Mitchell flies out to center. End 2nd inning: RailCats 1, RedHawks 0
Ronnie Bourquin leads off with a walk. Todd Jennings is hit by a pitch. Buddy Sosnoskie strikes out swinging. Zach Penprase flies out to right field, Mike Massaro is on the spot to throw to third to keep Bourquin on second. Mitch Einertson triples to score Bourquin and Jennings. Nic Jackson follows with a two-out infield single to add a run by Einertson. CJ Retherford is walked, and that'll bring a meeting on the mound with pitching coach Jake Upwood. Keith Brachold grounds to short, where Zac Mitchell tries to take CJ Retherford out at second, but the runner beats the ball to the bag. Tim Albers strikes out swinging. The RedHawks used nine batters and scored three on two hits. Mid 3rd inning: RedHawks 3, RailCats 1
A Danny Pulfer single gives the RailCats a base runner. Adam Klein hits a one-hopper to first base for the out as he moves Pulfer to second. Mike Massaro walks on four pitches. Cristian Guerrero also walks on four pitches. A sac fly by Craig Maddox scores Pulfer. Christian Vitters hits a looooong fly ball that is magically caught on the run by center fielder Nic Jackson. End 3rd inning: RedHawks 3, RailCats 2
Ronnie Bourquin flies out to right on the first pitch he sees. Todd Jennings grounds out to second. Buddy Sosnoskie pops out foul to Mike Massaro, who slides on the warning track to make the catch. Mid 4th inning: RedHawks 3, RailCats 2
Brian Kolb strikes out swinging. Drew Martinez strikes out looking. That's three K in 3 2/3 innings for Paul Burnside. Zac Mitchell pops out to second base. End 4th inning: RedHawks 3, RailCats 2
Zach Penprase lays down a bunt single to third. The throw to first hits him in the head, he's on the ground in pain. He comes up after about 90 seconds and takes his base. Mitch Einertson flies out to right. A failed pickoff at first gives the RailCats an error and Penprase second base. Nic Jackson takes first on a broken-bat single; Penprase is on third. Penprase scores on a wild pitch. CJ Retherford doubles to score Jackson. A single between two running players in center field puts Keith Brachold on first and Retherford on third. Tim Albers flies out to center, shallow enough to keep Retherford on third base. Ronnie Bourqin strikes out swinging. Mid 5th inning: RedHawks 5, RailCats 2
Danny Pulfer strikes out swinging. Adam Klein is issued a 3-2 walk. Mike Massaro singles past a diving first baseman. Cristian Guerrero flies out to center field, Klein runs to third base. Craig Maddox flies out to left field. End 5th inning: RedHawks 5, RailCats 2
A first-pitch hit turns a routine grounder by Todd Jennings into an error by shortstop Zac Mitchell. Buddy Sosnoskie grounds to second takes Jennings out at second on the fielder's choice. Zach Penprase flies out to right and Mitch Einertson flies out to center. Mid 6th inning: RedHawks 5, RailCats 2
Christian Vitters grounds out to second base. Brian Kolb grounds back to the mound. Drew Martinez grounds out to first. End 6th inning: RedHawks 5, RailCats 2
Washington Township grad Josh Biggs enters the game, relieving Billy Spottiswood, who went 6 IP with 6 H and 5 R. Nic Jackson singles into left field. CJ Retherford is walked. Keith Brachold grounds into a double play. That's it for Biggs, who threw to two lefties. Taylor Sewitt relieves Biggs. Tim Albers triples into center field, scoring Jackson. Ronnie Bourquin is intentionally walked. Todd Jennings is unintentionally walked. Buddy Sosnoskie flies out to center field. 7th-inning stretch: RedHawks 6, RailCats 2
Zach Mitchell is hit by a pitch. Danny Pulfer fouls off a few, then strikes out swinging. That'll be it for Paul Burnside, he's replaced by lefty Joe Harris. Adam Klein grounds back to the mound. Mike Massaro singles to score Mitchell. Cristian Guerrero fouls off four before striking out swinging. End 7th inning: RedHawks 6, RailCats 3
Zach Penprase walks. Mitch Einertson hits an infield single to put two on. Nic Jackson singles between short and third. CJ Retherford hits a sac fly to score Penprase. That'll be it for Taylor Sewitt. Boomer Potts relieves him. On the first pitch he throws, Potts plunks Keith Brachold. Tim Albers flies out to left, shallow enough to keep Einertson on third. Ronnie Bourquin is walked to score Einertson. Nic Jackson adds a run on a wild pitch. Todd Jennings flies out to right field. Mid 8th inning: RedHawks 9, RailCats 3
Craig Maddox and Christian Vitters ground out to second. Nathan Kilcrease replaces Joe Harris as the RedHawks' pitcher. Brian Kolb is walked. Drew Martinez strikes out swinging. End 8th inning: RedHawks 9, RailCats 3
Buddy Sosnoskie pops out foul to left field. Zach Penprase singles past a diving Zac Mitchell. Mitch Einertson flies out to center. Nic Jackson is the third hit batter of the night. The ump is having a convo with RailCats catcher Craig Maddox. All three hit batters have come from different pitchers. CJ Retherford strikes out. Mid 9th inning: RedHawks 9, RailCats 3
Zac Mitchell strikes out swinging and is out at first on a throw from the catcher. Danny Pulfer also strikes out. Adam Klein grounds out to first base. FINAL: RedHawks 9, RailCats 3