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RailCats take series lead, need one to win

2013-09-13T23:00:00Z 2013-09-14T23:32:04Z RailCats take series lead, need one to winHillary Smith, (219) 933-3233
September 13, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

WICHITA, Kan. | Adam Klein didn't even see the stop sign at third base until he was already three steps beyond it.

What he did see was the catcher bobble the ball at home. The RailCats outfielder ran around Wichita catcher Johnny Bowden and scrambled to home to score the go-ahead run in a 7-6 win Friday.

The victory gives the RailCats a 2-1 advantage in the American Association Championship best-of-five series.

"In that situation, with two outs, I knew on a base hit I was going 100 percent, lay all our cards out on the table," Klein said. "Luckily it worked out to our advantage. There was no way I was stopping."

Klein was 4-for-4 with four runs and a walk in Game 3. Cristian Guerrero, who hit the ball hard to center to score Klein from second base in the eighth inning, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs.

"Adam Klein said 'I'm not stopping,'" RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. "We didn't get to where we're at by being conservative."

Klein scored in the first inning to give the RailCats a 1-0 lead, which was answered in the second by Wichita.

Klein scored again in the third inning as part of a two-run frame to give the 'Cats a 3-1 lead, which was answered in the fourth by Wichita.

Klein scored again in the seventh inning, part of a three-run frame that gave the RailCats a 6-3 lead. The Wingnuts answered yet again, with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh.

"I reminded the guys that (Wichita) never had the lead, and we had to continue to put pressure on," Klein said. "Which is something we have to do with this Wichita team. We can't get comfortable, even with Game 4 tomorrow, we can't come out here and think they're just going to lay down and give it to us. We have to be giving 110 percent for nine innings and see what happens."

The RailCats used Marco Gonzalez to close the game, a veteran who tore a muscle in his forearm and had to sit out for more than a month. He pitched a perfect ninth, a win in Tagert's book.

"Tonight I felt our best guy for that ninth inning was Marco," Tagert said. "I don't want to make a huge deal out of one out (Wednesday), but we had to get him out there."

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