Quebec Capitales Declaw Gary Southshore RailCats in 11-4 Win
The Gary Southshore RailCats were the one team in the American Association that was not playing a league opponent on opening night. Because of the league adding a 13th team this season, the RailCats were forced to open the season against the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League. Quebec was coming off a disappointing season in 2014, after winning the Can-Am League championship the previous five seasons. The Capitales were looking to make a statement that they were back, and the RailCats unfortunately got to hear that message loud and clear.
Neither team could score in the first inning, but in the second the Capitales got on the board and they did so in a hurry. Zac Treece started for Gary. Joshue Peley began the inning by reaching base on an error. Jean-Luc Blaquiere then took a 1-0 pitch from Treece and blasted it over the fence for his first home run of the season. Tyler Young walked and stole second base, and one out later scored on a single by Yunieski Gurriel. Jonathan Malo walked and Tordan Manduley singled scoring Gurriel and moving Malo to second. Alexei Bell then stepped to the plate, and on a 1-0 pitch from Treece he homered to make it 7-0. The Gary starter would finally get out of the inning, but the damage was clearly done by that point.
In the fourth Quebec would increase their lead. Tyler Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive home Yordan Manduley. In the fifth the Capitales scored two more. Manduley and Bell scored to increase the lead to 10-0.
The Gary Southshore RailCats finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth against Karl Gelinas with three runs of their own. J.D. Pulfer singled to begin the fifth and advanced to second when Adam Taylor singled. Michael Schroeder struck out and Pulfer was picked off, making it a runner on first with two outs. Michael Vaughn kept the inning alive, singling to move Taylor to third. Sam Lind followed by drilling a triple into the gap in center field to score Taylor and Vaughn. An error scored Lind, and it was 10-3 at the end of five.
The Quebec Capitales would continue with their seven-lead until the eighth inning when they added another run. Bell led off with a triple and scored when Peley doubled one out later.
In the ninth the RailCats got one more run back. Lind was hit by a pitch, and scored on a double by Roger Bernal. That would be all the scoring in the game as the Capitales won 11-4.
Gelinas (1-0) earned the win for the Quebec Capitales. Zac Treece (0-1) took the loss.
Quebec recorded 14 hits on the evening. Manduley, Bell, and Blaquiere each had three hits for the Capitales. Both Bell and Blaquiere drove in three runs apiece. Bell was a single away from hitting for the cycle. Lind had two RBI for Gary.
These two teams continue their series tomorrow night in Gary. Game time is 7:10.
By Robert Pannier