LIVE: RailCats vs Fargo-Moorhead, split the series

2013-07-14T13:30:00Z 2013-07-14T17:22:04Z LIVE: RailCats vs Fargo-Moorhead, split the seriesBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The importance of today's RailCats game vs. Fargo-Moorhead can't be understated.

The RailCats are a half-game ahead of the RedHawks in the overall standings, and fell to four games behind Wichita in the Central Division with consecutive losses Friday and Saturday.

Lincoln, which is three games behind the RailCats in third place in the division, will host the 'Cats for three games beginning Monday.

For a game of such impact and import, James Adkins is taking a spot start in the rotation while Morgan Coombs is out with shingles. Adkins was 1-1 in three starts in Grand Prairie to start the season, and last started for the RailCats in a 5-4 win against St. Paul on June 21.

Today's lineup:

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (32-22)

SS Zach Penprase

LF Mitch Einertson

DH Nic Jackson

2B CJ Retherford

1B Keith Brachold

RF Tim Alberts

3B Ronnie Bourquin

C Todd Jennings

CF Buddy Sosnoskie

RHP Taylor Stanten (4-2, 2.49 ERA)


RailCats (32-21)

LF Adam Klein

RF Mike Massaro

3B Brian Kolb

C Craig Maddox

1B Christian Vitters

DH Cristian Guerrero

CF Drew Martinez

SS Zac Mitchell

2B Danny Pulfer

LHP James Adkins (0-1, 3.86 ERA)


First inning

Zach Penprase opens with a 1-2 count, then stretches it to 3-2 before popping out foul to right field. Mitch Einertson lines out to third base. Nic Jackson grounds out to short. Mid 1st inning: RedHawks 0, RailCats 0

Adam Klein walks. Mike Massaro strikes out swinging. Brian Kolb, moved into the three hole, strikes out checking his swing. Craig Maddox is hit by a pitch. Christian Vitters pops out to short. End 1st inning: RailCats 0, RedHawks 0.

Second inning

CJ Retherford singles up the middle. Keith Brachold flies out to right, forcing Mike Massaro to the warning track. Massaro throws immediately to second, keeping Retherford on first. After a pitch to Tim Alberts, Retherford steals second. Alberts hits an infield single, moving Retherford to third. Ronnie Bourquin flies out to center, too shallow to score Retherford. Todd Jennings flies out to center, a ball caught by Drew Martinez on the run. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 0, RedHawks 0

Cristian Guerrero grounds out to second. Drew Martinez strikes out looking. Zac Mitchell flies out to center field. End 2nd inning: RailCats 0, RedHawks 0

Third inning

After the production booth plays an annoying "Hey Buddy, Buddy, Buddy" sound clip, Buddy Sosnoskie singles into right on the first pitch he sees. Zach Penprase grounds to first, moving Sosnoskie to second. Mitch Einertson grounds out to short. Nic Jackson singles up the middle, scoring Sosnoskie. CJ Retherford singles over the head of Brian Kolb at third. Retherford ends the inning trying to stretch the single into a double. Mid 3rd inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Danny Pulfer grounds out to the back of the dirt at short. Adam Klein flies out to right on a 3-2 pitch. Mike Massaro grounds out to first. End 3rd inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Fourth inning

Keith Brachold hits up the middle, a ball scooped by Zac Mitchell and tossed to first. On the 10th pitch he sees, Tim Alberts is walked. Ronnie Bourquin is James Adkins' first strikeout. Todd Jennings flies out to left. Mid 4th inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Brian Kolb strikes out swinging. That's the fourth K for Taylor Stanten. Craig Maddox grounds out to first. Christian Vitters is hit by a pitch, that's the second HBP for Stanten. Cristian Guerrero grounds out to second. End 4th inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Fifth inning

Buddy Sosnoskie flies out to center field. Zach Penprase grounds out to second. Mitch Einertson hits an infield single to short. That'll bring out a meeting on the mound with Jake Upwood; warming up in the bullpen is new reliever Osvaldo Rodriguez. His appearance is a mystery. Nic Jackson strikes out. Mid 5th inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Drew Martinez pops out to short. Zac Mitchell grounds out to first. Danny Pulfer strikes out looking. End 5th inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Sixth inning

Osvaldo Rodriguez is the new RailCats pitcher, replacing James Adkins, who gave up five hits in five innings, a run, a strikeout and no walks. CJ Retherford flies out to left, forcing Adam Klein to the warning track. Keith Brachold is walked. Tim Alberts lines out to third and Brachold is out at first on the double play. Mid 6th inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Adam Klein flies out to center field. Mike Massaro is walked. Brian Kolb is hit by a pitch, that's the third hit batter for starter Stanten. Craig Maddox is walked to load the bases. Christian Vitters singles over a jumping first baseman to score Massaro and break up the no-hitter. Cristian Guerrero grounds to third where Maddox is forced out and Kolb scores. Drew Martinez singles to score Vitters and put runners on first and third. Zac Mitchell flies out to left. End 6th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Seventh inning

Ronnie Bourquin hits an infield single. Todd Jennings grounds into a double play. Buddy Sosnoskie walks. That'll be a day for Rodriguez, who right now is in line for the win; he'll be replaced by Kyle Lindquist. Zach Penprase singles into right field and Mike Massaro takes out Sosnoskie at third on the looooong throw. 7th-inning stretch: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

New RedHawks pitcher is Mackenzie King. He allows a single into left by Danny Pulfer. Adam Klein lays down a sac bunt to move Pulfer to second. Mike Massaro flies out to center, leaving Pulfer on second base. Brian Kolb flies out to right field. End 7th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Eighth inning

Ian Durham will pitch the eighth for the RailCats. Mitch Einertson walks on a 12-pitch at bat. Nic Jackson is also walked. CJ Retherford lays down a sac bunt to put the tying run in scoring position. Keith Brachold strikes out swinging. Tim Alberts grounds out to short. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Craig Maddox strikes out swinging, Christian Vitters strikes out looking and Cristian Guerrero strikes out swinging. End 8th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Ninth inning

Marco Gonzalez will close the game for the RailCats. Ronnie Bourquin is walked on four pitches. Todd Jennings strikes out swinging. Buddy Sosnoskie strikes out swinging. Zach Penprase grounds into a fielder's choice that takes out Bourquin at second. Final: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

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Hillary Smith

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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