GARY | Brian Kolb's walk-off bunt lay kissing the third-base line as long as Lincoln third baseman Jimmy Rohan could bear to stare at it.
In the meantime, the RailCats were swarming Kolb on first base after the third baseman's hit scored Mike Massaro with two out in the 11th inning Saturday to give Gary a 5-4 victory and its first back-to-back wins since June 10-11.
"I don't know how long you're allowed to wait to leave the ball there," manager Greg Tagert said after the game. "Caddyshack comes to mind ... That jet show going on, what if one of those jets rumbles over and knocks the ball foul."
Kolb, who had been the RailCats third baseman for most games since Rico Washington retired on June 15, walked into the clubhouse Saturday to learn that his team had signed Sergio Miranda, who was instead starting at third.
Miranda came in from Evansville of the Frontier League as Zach Tanner was released, one of a series of trades Saturday as the RailCats returned to Gary from an eight-game road trip. The RailCats also traded left-handed reliever Chuck Lukanen to Laredo for outfielders Ernie Banks Jr. (not related Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks) and Matt Forgatch. Tagert indicated that the trade with Laredo included a third club outside of the American Association and the RailCats weren't done picking up players.
Though Miranda went 3-for-4 with an RBI, he pulled his groin in the sixth inning trying to score from second on a single into center, was called out at the plate and pulled out of the game.
"He was a big acquisition, but unfortunately we don't have the best of news," Tagert said. "We knew something was wrong because he's a pretty good base runner. We don't know if it's something he took off too quickly."
Kolb stepped in for Miranda in the top of the seventh and laid down a sac bunt in the 10th to move tying run Mike Rohde, then plated Massaro in the 11th.
"(Kolb) has struggled a little bit, he's scuffled," Tagert said. "We brought in Sergio for different reasons, someone who can play more positions. But Brian gets the big sacrifice bunt that leads to the tying run, and for him, whether it was hit off the wall or (the bunt)."
Closer Chris Allen allowed the go-ahead run in the 10th as he walked leadoff hitter Joe Spiers, who later scored on a ground out. The RailCats were trying to turn a double play on a fielder's choice with Spiers on third base, but shortstop David Cooper had his legs taken out on the throw to first base.
The win marked the first time this season that the RailCats won after scoring double-digit runs the previous night. The team arrived in Gary about 9 a.m. Saturday after a 13-3 victory Friday to split the series in Sioux City.