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RailCats fall to Sioux Falls

2013-06-09T22:00:00Z RailCats fall to Sioux FallsBy Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | RailCats designated hitter Cristian Guerrero addressed his team after Sunday's 9-5 loss to Sioux Falls.

"I was so excited to come back here," the veteran said. "This is a winning team, we're a winning team. We're better than that."

Guerrero said later that the RailCats, on a four-game losing streak, needed the pep talk.

"Sometimes we have to get up, we have to get up," he told reporters. "We're the team, we have a good group of guys and sometimes we have to get up. The way (we're playing) right now, we're not going far, so we have to make adjustments right away. Quickly, too."

"One thing I've learned over the years is that if you're having postgame meetings, things are not going well," manager Greg Tagert said. "It's not so much getting swept, whether home or away, that's going to happen to any club ... It's the way we played that is the concern. After watching the last two nights with the pitching not being sharp and the ability to make pitches at times that I wouldn't even call the most critical, but that we put ourselves in those positions."

In the three games of the most-recent homestand against the Canaries, the RailCats made seven errors, were outhit 43-28 and were outscored 26-14.

The RailCats made four of those errors Sunday, including two on a single play.

The RailCats left Gary on May 29 with an 8-5 record for a two-series swing through American Association teams in Texas. They won two in El Paso to improve to 10-5, then have won one of their last seven games to fall to .500 with an 11-11 record.

Last season, the RailCats were 13-13 on June 13 before making a two-series trip to Texas. They went 1-5 in Amarillo and Laredo, then spent the rest of the season trying to return to .500.

"That trip takes a toll on guys that first day, but that's no reason; we haven't fielded the ball well and consistently even when we were 11-8," Tagert said. "When we were 8-5 or 11-8, we just have not fielded the ball well. The difference I'm seeing right now is bullpen and starting pitching was not as good as it had been those first 19 or 20 games."

The RailCats' best swing last season came during the interleague play against the Can-Am League. Quebec, which comes to U.S. Steel Yard for a three game series beginning Monday, has won the last four Can-Am League titles.

"Not that I thought we'd have 15 or 20 home runs, but I thought we'd have a little more run production (right now), from Cristian on down," Tagert said. "That three, four, five, six spots in the lineup has been disappointing so far in terms of run production."

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