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LIVE: RailCats vs. Saints, series finale

2013-08-04T13:00:00Z 2013-08-04T17:58:07Z LIVE: RailCats vs. Saints, series finaleBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | The RailCats have a chance for a second home sweep of St. Paul with a win Sunday afternoon.

The 'Cats swept the Saints June 20-23 to open an 11-game home stand that ended the month.

This wont' be the last time the RailCats see the Saints this season, though St. Paul isn't a divisional foe. The 'Cats travel to Minnesota to start their final road trip of the season Aug. 23-25. The RailCats dropped two of three in St. Paul on July 26-28.

The Saints made a move before the game, activating starter Drew Gay and placing Mike Koons on the disabled list.

The RailCats plan to start Billy Spottiswood, whose 4-1 record includes consecutive wins against Sioux City in back-to-back starts. His three no decisions have eventually led to two wins and a loss to the RailCats' record.

St. Paul Saints (37-35)

SS Adam Frost

3B Joey Becker

2B Brad Boyer

LF Willie Cabrera

DH Brandon Tripp

1B Ole Sheldon

CF Jose Hernandez

C Dwight Childs

RF Dan Kaczrowski

RHP Drew Gay (1-1, 5.17 ERA)

 

RailCats (43-30)

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 Nick Liles

RHP Billy Spottiswood (4-1, 3.62

First inning

Adam Frost grounds out a full-count pitch to short. Joey Becker hits a two-hopper to the mound. Brad Boyer is the first K victim of Billy Spottiswood. Mid 1st inning: Saints 0, RailCats 0

Adam Klein walks on six pitches. Mike Massaro walks in five. Brian Kolb lays down a bunt that takes out Klein at third. Kolb is safe at first on the fielder's (pitcher's) choice. Criag Maddox grounds to the mound, he's out at first as the 'Cats have two runners in scoring position. Christian Vitters flies out to right. End 1st inning: Saints 0, RailCats 0

Second inning

Willie Cabrera flies out to center. Brandon Tripp flies out to left, can Ole Sheldon put Mike Massaro on the move in right? Yup, except Sheldon singles into shallow right for the first hit of the game. Jose Hernandez strikes out, that's two Ks for Spottiswood. Mid 2nd inning: Saints 0, RailCats 0

Cristian Guerrero flies out to center. Drew Martinez is walked. Zac Mitchell hits a single that is lost (in the sun?, lights?, outfield?) by center fielder Jose Hernandez. Mitchell was ready to make the turn for a double, but Martinez had slowed down expecting a catch. RailCats load the bases on a single by Nick Liles and that brings a meeting on the mound. Adam Klein strikes out swinging. Mike Massaro is walked, scoring Martinez. Brian Kolb clears the bases with a double down the left-field line, scoring Mitchell, Liles and Massaro. There's action in the Saints' pen. Craig Maddox is walked, prompting the call to the bullpen. Dylan Thomas replaces Drew Gay. Christian Vitters is walked to load the bases. Cristian Guerrero is walked to score Kolb. Drew Martinez pops out to third base. End 2nd inning: RailCats 5, Saints 0

Third inning

Dwight Childs grounds out to third. Dan Kaczrowski singles into shallow right. Kaczrowski is caught stealing second. Adam Frost flies out to deeeeeep left. Adam Klein makes the catch just before running into the wall. Spottiswood has allowed two base runners in three innings, only one was left on. Mid 3rd inning: RailCats 5, Saints 0

Zac Mitchell flies out to center. Nick Liles grounds to the back of the dirt in short, a nice play by Adam Frost takes out Liles at first base. Adam Klein hits a two-out double into perfect left-center. Mike Massaro flies out to right. End 3rd inning: RailCats 5, Saints 0

Fourth inning

Joey Becker singles for the third Saints hit. Brad Boyer hits back to the mound, the throw to second is poor and from Spottiswood and hits second base and bounces into center field. Willie Cabrera doubles into the left-field corner, scoring Becker. Brandon Tripp singles up the middle, scoring Boyer. Sac fly by Ole Sheldon, scores Cabrera. Jose Hernandez grounds out to second. Dwight Childs pops out foul to Craig Maddox. Mid 4th inning: RailCats 5, Saints 3

Brian Kolb singles up the middle. Craig Maddox pops out foul behind the plate. Christian Vitters singles and moves Kolb to second. Cristian Guerrero strikes out swinging. Drew Martinez singles home Kolb. Zac Mitchell singles into right field, Vitters runs over the catcher at the plate and the ball is dropped, but Vitters didn't actually touch home. When Dwight Childs tags him off the bag, Vitters is the third out. End 4th inning: RailCats 6, Saints 3

Fifth inning

Dan Kaczrowski grounds out to short. Adam Frost singles up the middle, Joey Becker singles into shallow right. Brad Boyer grounds out to second. Willie Cabrera strikes out swinging. Mid 5th inning: RailCats 6, Saints 3

The new Saints pitcher is Dustin Klabunde. The Saints are onto their third pitcher. Nick Liles flies out to right. Adam Klein is hit by a pitch, catcher Dwight Childs also looks in pain. Mike Massaro flies out to center. Brian Kolb singles to put two on. Craig Maddox reaches on a fielding error by second baseman Brad Boyer to load the bases. Christian Vitters flies out to center. End 5th inning: RailCats 6, Saints 3

Sixth inning

Brandon Tripp flies out to center. Ole Sheldon breaks a bat lining out to second base. Jose Hernandez strikes out. Mid 6th inning: RailCats 6, Saints 3

Cristian Guerrero grounds out to third. Willie Cabrera slides as he make the catch in left field of the ball off the bat of Drew Martinez. Zac Mitchell grounds out to short. End 6th inning: RailCats 6, Saints 3

Seventh inning

Taylor Sewitt is the RailCats new pitcher. Dwight Childs strikes out swinging. Dan Kaczrowski grounds out to short. Adam Frost flies out to left. Mid 7th inning: RailCats 6, Saints 3

Bryan Henry will pitch the seventh for the Saints. Nick Liles grounds out to third. Adam Klein flies out to left, a ball barely caught on the dive by Willie Cabrera. Greg Tagert begs to differ. Inside the park homer for Mike Massaro. Brian Kolb reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Adam Frost. Kolb steals second. Craig Maddox flies out to right on a ball caught on the warning track. End 7th inning: RailCats 7, Saints 3

Eighth inning

New RailCats pitcher is Estevan Uriegas. Joey Becker grounds out to second base. Brad Boyer is walked. Willie Cabrera grounds into a double play. Mid 8th inning: RailCats 7, Saints 3

Matt Meyer will pitch the eighth for the Saints. Christian Vitters strikes out swinging. Cristian Guerrero strikes out swinging. Drew Martinez grounds out to short. End 8th inning: RailCats 7, Saints 3

Ninth inning

Marco Gonzalez will close for the RailCats. Brandon Tripp grounds out to second base. Ball hit by Ole Sheldon is caught at the wall by Adam Klein. Nice play by Brian Kolb at third for the out on Jose Hernandez. Final: RailCats 7, Saints 3

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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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