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RailCats win in walkoff fashion against Goldeyes

2013-06-30T18:45:00Z 2014-05-14T18:33:13Z RailCats win in walkoff fashion against GoldeyesHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | Zac Mitchell's first career home run came in the second inning of the RailCats' Sunday game against Winnipeg.

His second career home run came in the ninth inning, giving the RailCats a 6-5 win over the Goldeyes to end an 11-game home stand.

"It was one of those days I was just finding the barrel," Mitchell said. "I was pretty (surprised) on the (first homer). It was an 0-2 count, I was just trying to get the ball in play."

Mitchell accounted for five of the RailCats RBIs and became the first player this season to hit two home runs in a single game.

With two out in the bottom of the ninth, the RailCats picked up hits from Brian Kolb and Drew Martinez before Mitchell's second home run. His first came in the second inning.

"It's easy to say now, but there's a reason we signed (Mitchell) late in the season last year and why we created a spot for him," manager Greg Tagert said. "He's a dynamic player. He competes well and he's getting better every day at shortstop. Like a lot of young players there's going to be a lot of inconsistencies, but there's also going to be a lot of upside."

RailCats starter Billy Spottiswood allowed four first-inning runs to Winnipeg, then left after the sixth inning, giving up just four more hits.

Reliever Kyle Lindquist picked up his first win of the year with three innings, allowing a hit while facing nine batters.

"I don't want to forget about Kyle Lindquist, three almost perfect innings with a pick-off." Tagert said. "A lot of credit goes to Billy, but certainly Kyle Lindquist, a hero of the day."

The RailCats won 10 of 11 games at home in a franchise-record stretch, and 13 of their last 15 dating back to June 16.

'Cat nip: Sunday was the last day for RailCats radio announcer Matt Friedman, who leaves to become the sports information director at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Intern Jon Mozes will become the permanent voice of the RailCats for the remainder of the season. Mozes has tag-teamed home games with Friedman; the eight-game trip with be his first road games with the team.

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