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LIVE: RailCats vs. RedHawks, AA semifinals Game 3

2013-09-06T16:30:00Z 2013-09-06T21:58:18Z LIVE: RailCats vs. RedHawks, AA semifinals Game 3By Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The RailCats are 1-3 in games three they've played against Fargo-Moorhead, winning the first (and only) in 2005.

Only in 2006 did the RailCats and RedHawks not play Game 3 in Gary, because despite winning home-field advantage, Fargo-Moorhead prefers to open postseason series at home.

The RailCats left North Dakota with a 1-1 series tie, having lost the first game 2-0 and then won the second 11-2. In four previous postseason matchups, the RailCats scored double-digit runs against F-M only one other time: a 12-4 win in Game 4 in 2005.

The RailCats have only lost in the first round of the playoffs once: against Fargo-Moorhead in 2010.

The 'Cats are 4-1 in playoff series when they've lost the first game, the only loss to Fargo-Moorhead in 2010.

Tonight's lineup:

RedHawks (1-1)

SS Zach Penprase

3B Ronnie Bourquin

CF Nic Jackson

2B CJ Retherford

RF Jeremiah Piepkorn

1B Keith Brachold

DH Tim Alberts

LF Buddy Sosnoskie

C ToddJennings

RHP Brian Ernst

 

RailCats (1-1)

LF Adam Klein

RF Mike Massaro

DH Cristian Guerrero

1B Reid Fronk

C Craig Maddox

3B Brian Kolb

CF Drew Martinez

SS Zac Mitchell

2B Danny Pulfer

RHP Billy Spottiswood

 

First inning

Game started at 7:10. At 7:11 Fargo has a 1-0 lead on a home run by Zach Penprase. Ronnie Bourquin grounds back to the mound. Nic Jackson is walked. CJ Retherford flies out to right field. Jeremiah Piepkorn strikes out swinging. Mid 1st inning: RedHawks 1, RailCats 0

Adam Klein grounds out to third base. Mike Massaro singles up the middle. Cristian Guerrero singles to third base, but it's ruled a two-base error when the ball reaches the stands on a wild throw. Reid Fronk is walked to load the bases. Craig Maddox hits a triple on the first pitch he sees to clear the bases, scoring Massaro, Guerrero and Fronk. Brian Kolb grounds to third and the throw is sent home to take out Maddox at the plate. He's out and Kolb is on first on the fielder's choice. Drew Martinez flies out to left. End 1st inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Second inning

Keith Brachold flies out to center field. Tim Alberts pops out to first base. Buddy Sosnoskie lines out to short. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Zac Mitchell grounds out to first base. Danny Pulfer strikes out. Adam Klein sneaks a single into right field. Mike Massaro strikes out. End 2nd inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Third inning

Todd Jennings flies out to center field. Zach Penprase singles into left field. The RedHawks have two hits, Penprase has both of them. Ronnie Bourquin hits what he and Penprase thinks is at least a single off the wall, but it's grabbed on the jump by Adam Klein and relayed to first where Penprase juuuuust barely beats the throw. Nic Jackson grounds out to second. Mid 3rd inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Cristian Guerrero strikes out looking. Reid Fronk singles into left, then is out at second trying to turn it into a double. Craig Maddox strikes out. End 3rd inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Fourth inning

CJ Retherford strikes out swinging. Jeremiah Piepkorn grounds out to third base. Keith Brachold grounds out to second where Billy Spottiswood is there covering the bag. Mid 4th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Brian Kolb grounds out to third. Drew Martinez grounds out to second, can Zac Mitchell make it first? Nope, Mitchell flies out to right. End 4th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Fifth inning

Tim Alberts singles into left field. Buddy Sosnoskie flies out to right, Mike Massaro makes the catch on a dive then hops up hoping to make the throw back to first for the double play. Alberts is safe, but the dive was still awesome. Todd Jennings pops out behind the mound. Zach Penprase pops out foul to first base. Mid 5th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Danny Pulfer grounds out to second base. Adam Klein hits a double to right-center. Mike Massaro strikes out swinging. There's a meeting on the mound, but no one throwing in the pen. Cristian Guerrero grounds out to short. End 5th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Sixth inning

Ronnie Bourquin strikes out. Nic Jackson grounds out to third. CJ Retherford flies out to right. Since the leadoff single last inning, the RailCats have retired six straight RedHawks. Mid 6th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Reid Fronk strikes out swinging. Craig Maddox grounds out to second. Brian Kolb grounds out to short. End 6th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Seventh inning

Jeremiah Piepkorn strikes out. Keith Brachold flies out to center, as does Tim Alberts. That's nine straight. Mid 7th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Drew Martinez flies out to center (three straight balls to center field). Zac Mitchell strikes out swinging. Danny Pulfer grounds out to second. End 7th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Eighth inning

Buddy Sosnoskie pops out behind the plate. Todd Jennings strikes out swinging, that's five K for Billy Spottiswood. Zach Penprase grounds out to third. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Adam Klein flies out to right field. Mike Massaro grounds out to second. Cristian Guerrero grounds back to the mound. End 8th inning: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

Ninth inning

Defensive changes for RailCats: Ryan Brockett takes over at second base and will hit for Reid Fronk, Danny Pulfer moves to first base. Ronnie Bourquin grounds out to first (are the RedHawks testing Pulfer there?). Nic Jackson flies out to almost the warning track. CJ Retherford flies out to center. FINAL: RailCats 3, RedHawks 1

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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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