GARY | It took extra innings before the American Association Championship Series Game 2 was decided, and with a 1-1 series tie, the title will come down to a best-of-three in Wichita.
Despite a rally in the ninth inning and loading the bases in the 10th, the RailCats fell to Wichita 6-4 in 10 innings Wednesday.
"What a ballgame," manager Greg Tagert said. "We would have loved to snuck one out of there. Our pitchers played a lot better than the line score will indicate."
The RailCats watched a 2-1 lead disappear in the sixth inning, then turned in a rally performance that their fans had seen all season.
Down 4-2 in the ninth, the RailCats forced extra innings against Wichita with a two-run rally.
Brian Kolb led off the ninth with a triple and scored on a single by Drew Martinez. With a two-out single, Martinez scored on a single by Adam Klein, who also had a RBI in the third inning.
In the 10th inning, the Wingnuts scored two runs on just one hit after Jake Kahaulelio was hit with a pitch to open the inning. The second baseman scored on a one-out double to give Wichita the lead. The RailCats intentionally walked two Wingnuts hitters, one of whom scored on a sacrifice fly.
The RailCats loaded the bases in the 10th inning with two out, but Zac Mitchell struck out to end the game.
"You can't give them free passes, especially the hit batsmen, or they're going to hurt you," Tagert said. "The worst thing we can do after scoring those two in the ninth is hit that leadoff guy. That was huge and Kyle (Lindquist) has been terrific all year and you can't do that. The pitch just got away from him, I heard him yell as he pitched it."
The RailCats, who had taken a 2-1 advantage in the fourth, fell behind when starting pitcher Stephen Hiscock gave up five straight singles in the sixth inning.
The same part of the Wichita order that scored in the sixth scored again in the 10th.
"It was a little different set of circumstances," Tagert said. "Either they were very fortunate tonight or we need to position a little better on Friday."
The RailCats were able to pitch reliever Marco Gonzalez for the first time since Aug. 4. He threw five pitches and struck out a batter in his 1/3 of an inning.