RailCats out-hit, out-play Saints to complete series sweep

2013-08-04T19:45:00Z 2013-08-05T18:07:13Z RailCats out-hit, out-play Saints to complete series sweepHillary Smith, (219) 933-3233

GARY | When it comes to playing St. Paul at U.S. Steel Yard this season, the RailCats have the Saints' number.

That first number Sunday was 10, as in 10 hits tallied against five St. Paul pitchers.

Or the 'Cats could take the number five, as in runs it took to chase Saints starting pitcher Drew Gay after 1 2/3 innings.

The biggest number is seven, or how many games the 'Cats have beaten St. Paul in Gary this season. Also, it happens to be the total runs that the RailCats scored in Sunday's 7-3 win to sweep the series against the Saints.

Of those 10 hits, third baseman Brian Kolb had three and he reached base in all five at-bats with a double, two singles, an error and a fielder's choice.

Kolb's second-inning, bases-loaded, two-out double helped add fuel to why the right-handed hitter was moved to third in the lineup. It was the fifth game in which Kolb has hit third and his best of the year.

"It was an impressive job by the club this weekend," RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. "Brian Kolb's second-inning hit. We talked about it (Friday) with (Ryan) Babineau's hit, those are what we've been talking about."

He drove in three runs with the double in the second, part of five-run inning in which the RailCats took a 5-0 lead.

His hit became even more important in the fourth inning when St. Paul scored three times, including one unearned, on three hits and an error. Starting pitcher Billy Spottiswood committed the error, then retired the side.

The RailCats have seven straight multi-hit games, including the last three against the Saints.

Mike Massaro's seventh-inning inside-the-park home run was the topper and final hit of the day for the RailCats. It was also Massaro's first homer of the year, and first inside-the-park home run of his career. 

"I saw Jose (Hernandez) had a great read on it, and he had a great jump," Massaro said. "I saw him reach out and I saw the ball drop. After that I put my head down and just ran. I saw (third base coach) Bobby (Segal) send me and I kicked in another gear."

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