Dogs Roll Behind Big Innings to Down Railroaders
ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 24, 2021) – A pair of five-run innings propelled the Chicago Dogs to a 13-2 win over the Cleburne Railroaders on Saturday night at Impact Field.
For a second straight night, Cleburne (35-24) scored in the first inning. After a pair of two-out singles, Ramon Hernandez and Zach Nehrir executed a double steal to give the Railroaders a 1-0 lead. The Dogs (38-24) answered with a run in the third on a solo home run from Michael Crouse, and then five runs in the fourth for a 6-1 lead. The big blow in the inning was a bases-clearing double off the bat of Danny Mars.
Osvaldo Martinez pounded a long solo home run in the top of the sixth to trim the lead to 6-2, but K.C. Hobson ripped a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to extend the Dogs margin to 8-2.
Five more Chicago runs crossed in the seventh, which included three triples in the inning from Brennan Metzger, Michael Crouse, and KC Hobson to produce the final margin.
Jordan Kipper (6-3) pitched well to earn the victory for Chicago, tossing seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. He allowed four hits and two runs.
Jheyson Manzueta (4-2) was touched up for ten hits and six runs over five innings. Joseph Camacho, Alex Fishberg, and Ezequiel De La Cruz also worked in relief for Cleburne, before Ramon Hernandez made his first pitching appearance of the season and tossed a zero in the bottom of the eighth.
The Railroaders and Dogs conclude the series on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 PM. Michael Gunn (3-3, 4.52) starts for Cleburne, while the Dogs counter with right-hander Christian Day (0-1, 19.28).
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By Denning Gerig, Cleburne Railroaders