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RailCats' 14th inning walkoff is first home win of 2014

2014-05-24T00:30:00Z 2014-05-24T03:15:07Z RailCats' 14th inning walkoff is first home win of 2014Hillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | Adam Taylor entered the game in the seventh inning Friday and still finished 1-for-4 for the RailCats.

It was the one, a walkoff single in the 14th inning, that was the big one for the designated hitter, scoring pinch runner Morgan Coombs for a 6-5 win over Wichita in a game that ended after midnight.

Taylor also scored a run, plating in the seventh inning when he entered the game to pinch run for Derek Smith.

Smith was one of three players who were signed or activated before Friday's game. Smith had been on the disabled list since the start of the season, and went 1-for-3 in his first game in a RailCats uniform.

The other two signees -- outfielder Cody Bishop and pitcher Coleman Stephens -- also played major roles.

Bishop was 1-for-3 with a single in the third and a run in the fifth before he was replaced in the lineup by Justin Gominsky.

Stephens earned the win, pitching the top of the 14th inning and striking out two.

"Obviously it wasn't three guys we hadn't seen before," RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. "When the opportunity came to re-sign Cody, he's a talented player, and, quite frankly, we made the roster move to get him on, and it doesn't give us a lot of balance, because we have five outfielders and five infielders. It's not the best in terms of the roster makeup, but in terms of the people, it's the best we can be."

The most consistent hitter of the night was shortstop Danny Pulfer, who was 4-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. He hit his first double of the season and reached base six times.

"He's so young, but he's been just a tremendous leader by example since he's been here on Day 1," Tagert said. "The way he approached camp, everything we do in pregame, everything from team stretch to the lap around the field. I know what kind of player he is. He made the manager quickly realize, about 30 games into the season, that we're a better team when Danny Pulfer is on the field, and that is the same today."

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