RailCats Have No Answers for Westphal, Fall 12-3
GARY, IND. — An eight-run second inning from Chicago on a humid Tuesday night at U.S. Steel Yard was too much for Gary to overcome as the ‘Cats fell to the Dogs, 12-3, for the second straight night. Gary recorded just singles for the second straight game and are now 1-4 against Chicago and 1-6 against left-handed starting pitchers.
Chicago (12-5) got the first three of their eight runs in the second on an opposite field, three-run home run from Keon Barnum. David Olmedo-Barrera made it 4-0 with an RBI single to center before Edwin Arroyo increased the Dogs lead to six with a two-run single to center. Tony Rosselli added the final two runs of the inning with a pinch-hit, two-run home run to left.
Gary (9-8) scored their first runs in seventh, cutting the Chicago lead to 8-2. Tom Walraven scored the RailCats first run on a Ben Allison wild pitch before Zach Welz brought home Danny De La Calle from third on an RBI groundout.
Chicago scored their final four runs in the top of the eighth to go up by ten. Arroyo scored from third on a Justin Sinibaldi wild pitch before Victor Roache clobbered a three-run home run onto fourth avenue for the Dogs’ final runs.
The RailCats added their final run in the bottom of the eighth. With recently signed Rolando Gomez on third, Walraven extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a two-out RBI infield single.
Frank Moscatiello tossed three scoreless innings of relief in his American Association debut while Ryan Thurston retired six of the seven batters he faced, four via strikeouts, in his third straight scoreless relief appearance. Sinibaldi allowed four runs on three hits and a walk while striking out a pair over two innings in his second home appearance.
Robbie Coursel (2-1) was charged with his first loss in his first professional start at U.S. Steel Yard after allowing eight runs over two innings. The Michigan City, Ind., native allowed all eight of his runs in the second inning on seven hits (two home runs) and an American Association single-inning record three hit batsman.
Luke Westphal (3-0) recorded his third win and increased his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 23.1 innings with six shutout innings. The southpaw yielded just one hit, walked three and struck out eight in his second start against Gary. Allison allowed three runs (two earned) over two innings while former Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth in his seventh appearance.
Gary resumes their four-game homestand at U.S. Steel Yard on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. vs. Chicago. RailCats left-hander Trevor Lubking (3-1, 1.33) opposes Dogs right-hander Trevor Simms (1-1, 5.02) in the third game of the series.
Wednesday’s game is the second Creekside “Pop-Up Bar Wednesday”, featuring a 3rd Rock from the Sun theme, and the second NorthShore Health Centers Wednesday. Wednesday’s game is also Portage and Chesterton Community Night, presented by Fifth Third Bank. Visit any Northwest Indiana NorthShore Health Center for complimentary tickets to a RailCats game.
Ticket packages for the 2019 Gary SouthShore RailCats season are available online at railcatsbaseball.com and can also be purchased by calling the RailCats ticket line at (219) 882-BALL. The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By Jared Shlensky