GARY | An odd statistic to open the game notes, the RailCats enter the day six hits away from 10,000 in franchise history.
The fewest they've had in any single game this season is six, so the probability of the team hitting the magic number is high. Opposing pitcher Preston Olson is a righty with a 4.50 ERA and 0-1 record, who allowed eight hits in his only start this season.
*Left fielder Adam Klein is one of three left-handed hitters tied for third in the American Association with 13 RBIs. Klein has eight of those in his last five games, including two last night.
*Alain Quijano, who was named the league's Pitcher of the Week on Monday, is tied for second in the American Association with two wins. He's the only lefty in the top five.
*Drew Martinez is second in the league in stolen bases with four.
*Mike Massaro leads the league in triples with three. The right fielder set the league mark in 2011 in triples with 16.
Sioux City Explorers (5-6)
CF Eliezer Mesa
1B Wally Backman Jr.
LF Sam Judah
RF Peter Barrows
DH Palmer Karr
3B Bryan Pounds
SS Leigum Barroso
C Alberto Espinosa
2B Anthony Kaskadden
RHP Preston Olson (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
LF Adam Klein
RF Mike Massaro
DH Cristian Guerrero
C Craig Maddox
1B Steve Liddle
3B Brian Kolb
CF Drew Martinez
SS Zac Mitchell
2B Chase Tucker
RHP Will Krout (1-0, 6.23 ERA)
Before the game, manager Greg Tagert said the Steve Liddle's leg injury hasn't completely healed, but today's game will be a trial run to see if Liddle can make the trip to Texas this weekend. If not a move will likely be made. Liddle's last game was Tuesday, May 21. Catcher Craig Maddox has been filling in for Liddle at first base.
Eliezer Mesa hits a single to right field followed by an infield single by Wally Backman Jr. Sam Judah loads the bases on an error by Will Krout, who missed the ball trying to field it to third. Peter Barrows grounds into a double play, scoring Mesa from third. Palmer Karr is hit by a pitch. Bryan Pounds doubles to the center-field wall to score Backman and Karr. Leigum Barroso flies out to left, early damage done to the RailCats. Mid 1st inning: Explorers 3, RailCats 0
Adam Klein walks on six pitches. Mike Massaro doubles with a ball that hugs the right-field chalk line. Cristian Guerrero grounds out to second, scoring Klein. Craig Maddox doubles into left, a ball lost by left fielder Sam Judah to score Massaro. Steve Liddle singles into center field, scoring Maddox from second, but Liddle is out trying to stretch the single into a double. Brian Kolb grounds out to short. End 1st inning: RailCats 3, Explorers 3
Albert Espinosa grounds out to short, Anthony Kaskadden strikes out (Will Krout's first K) and Eliezer Mesa flies out to right. Will Krout works through two innings in 19 pitches. Mid 2nd inning: RailCats 3, Explorers 3
Drew Martinez grounds out to short. Zac Mitchell singles into right field. Chase Tucker hits a ball to the gap in right-center, the ball is poorly fielded by CF Eliezer Mesa and Tucker reaches second while Mitchell scores. Adam Klein flies out to center and Mike Massaro flies out to right. End 2nd inning: RailCats 4, Explorers 3.
Wally Backman Jr. singles to open the inning. Sam Judah flies out to center field. Peter Barrows singles, and runners advance into scoring position on a on a passed ball. Palmer Karr doubles into right-center field, scoring Backman and Barrows. Bryan Pounds grounds out to first, moving Karr to third base. Leigum Barroso strikes out swinging. Mid 3rd inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Cristian Guerrero grounds out to third, Craig Maddox strikes out in three pitches and Steve Liddle is hit by a pitch. Brian Kolb grounds out to third just as the rain starts coming. The umpires signal for the rain delay to begin at 8:06 p.m. Just as the mound tarp is run out onto the field, the rain slows, and the umpires call the game back to action, so the rain delay lasted one minute. End 3rd inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Alberto Espinosa grounds out, as does Anthony Kaskadden, and Eliezer Mesa pops out foul to catcher Craig Maddox. Mid 4th inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Drew Martinez records RailCats' hit No. 10,000 with a single into left field to open the inning. Zac Mitchell pops out to the shortstop. Chase Tucker pops out to the first baseman. Adam Klein grounds out to second and Martinez remains on second base. End 4th inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Wally Backman Jr. grounds out to first. Sam Judah hits a single that takes a strange hop over the shoulder of first baseman Steve Liddle. Peter Barrows grounds into a double play. Mid 5th inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Mike Massaro hits a single. Cristian Guerrero grounds into a double play and Craig Maddox strikes out for a 1-2-3 inning. End 5th inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Palmer Karr grounds out to short and Bryan Pounds flies out to center. Leigum Barroso and Alberto Espinosa both hit singles, the lightening begins in the sky. Anthony Kaskadden grounds back to the mound to end the threat. Mid 6th inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
New Explorers pitcher is Jimmer Kennedy, replacing starter Preston Olson. Steve Liddle singles with a broken bat bloop into right field. Brian Kolb flies out to the warning track in left field, that looked gone. The Explorers try to catch Steve Liddle off base and the throw misses, Liddle is on second on an error on the catcher. Drew Martinez flies out to left and Zac Mitchell grounds out to second, leaving Liddle on second base. This is the third straight leadoff single that has not resulted in a run for the RailCats. End 6th inning: Explorers 5, RailCats 4
Eliezer Mesa singles to open the Explorers' inning. Let's see if HE'LL score. Wally Backman Jr. is on first on a fielding error by Steve Liddle. Sam Judah grounds into a double play scoring Mesa. Peter Barrows grounds out to third base. Seventh-inning stretch: Explorers 6, RailCats 4
New Sioux City pitcher is Cody Satterwhite. Chase Tucker flies out to right field. Adam Klein is caught checking his swing, he disagrees with the call. Mike Massaro flies out to left-center. End 7th inning: Explorers 6, RailCats 4.
Will Krout returns for the eighth inning. He has 81 pitches through seven. The Explorers, conversely, have used three pitchers. Palmer Karr flies out to center field. Bryan Pounds hits his second double of the night. Leigum Barroso is hit by a pitch, that comes courtesy of the rain coming across the field in sheets. That'll be it for the game right now, as massive rain prompts the umpires to call a second rain delay, beginning at 9:16 p.m. ... Rain came down fast. The tarp reached the field quickly with no problems. ... The warning tracks are under water, as are both bullpens. ... No players are left in either dugout. Both dugouts are flooded. Anyone would have been removed from the tunnels, in case the water raises high enough, there could be an electrocution concern with the lights in the tunnels. ... AT 9:53 the game is called. FINAL SCORE: Explorers 6, RailCats 4
After the game
Tagert said he was surprised how quickly the pin was pulled on the rain out. Officials waited 37 minutes between calling the rain out and calling the game.
"That was a quick rain out," he said. "I figured we'd sit here an hour, hour and a half, two ours.
"The tough thing about rain outs is that there's a sense of relief if you're on the winning end, and if you're on the losing end it's an anticlimactic blow."
He said that if the RailCats could have limited the damage more in the first inning -- which was the first of three double plays that the infield turned -- the game would have been different.
He likes the comeback paradigm that the team is presenting in the early part of the season.
"We're starting to show the characteristic of the ability to bounce back from some of those early runs," Tagert said. "They score three runs in the first and we bounce back with three of our own. We take the lead and most nights, if you give Will Krout a lead back, he'll keep it."