GARY | The RailCats weren't looking at Monday's regular-season finale against El Paso with as much meaning as the team across the field.
The 'Cats hopped on a bus late Monday night to head to Fargo-Moorhead to start the postseason. The Diablos headed home, having closed the book on their franchise with a 4-1 win in Gary.
The El Paso team folds at the end of the season, as the Diablos make way for a Triple-A team that is coming to town next year.
The players will be a part of a dispersal draft later this fall as their contracts will be selected by the other teams in the American Association.
For any that were watching, Oscar Mesa went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs against the RailCats, and Maikol Gonzalez was 1-for-3, scoring twice.
The RailCats, meanwhile, sat some of their more productive players. Mike Massaro, who set the American Association mark in triples this season, was out, as was leadoff hitter Adam Klein.
Catcher Ryan Babineau started the game at third base while Brian Kolb rested, and catcher Craig Maddox took time in left field when Babineau was moved behind the plate at the start of the sixth inning.
Starting pitcher Morgan Coombs, who will be fourth in the playoff rotation, threw 82 pitches in six innings. He took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and struck out five.
While many regular starters sat and others took non-dominant positions, right fielder Cristian Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a double and Drew Martinez drove in the RailCats only run in the sixth inning.
"For the most part we pitched and played defense very well," RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. "We got a little sloppy in the eighth, but we moved some guys around and that's going to happen."
The 'Cats saw progress before the game in relief pitcher Marco Gonzalez, who has been on the inactive list and can come off as soon as Tuesday. He pitched a portion of a simulated game and Tagert said the team will take him on the road to Fargo prepared to activate him if possible.