Willis Homers Twice to Lead RailCats, 5-1
GARY, IND. — A season-high three home runs from the RailCats offense, including two from All-Star Colin Willis, and seven shutout innings from Justin Sinibaldi led Gary to a 5-1 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday night in a game that was played in two hours, 23 minutes. Wednesday’s win was Gary’s first in six contests against Fargo-Moorhead and snapped the ‘Cats three-game losing skid.
Alex Crosby gave Gary (23-33) a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run down the right field line in the third. Marcus Mooney singled with one out before Crosby launched his second home run of the year.
Colin Willis increased the RailCats lead to 3-0 with a solo homer just inside the right field foul pole in the fourth. Willis’ homer was Gary’s second of three hit on the evening and the first of his two on the day.
Willis gave Gary their final runs with a two-run blast in the sixth. Will Savage singled to begin the inning before Willis clobbered a two-run blast down the right field line. Willis’ second homer also gave him his second career multi-homer game, both of which have come against Fargo-Moorhead.
Fargo-Moorhead (38-19) avoided being shutout on Chris Jacob’s solo blast with one out in the ninth. Jacobs’ homer was his second in as many games and the RedHawks eighth of the series.
Sinibaldi (3-4) recorded his second straight win and increased his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 12.1 after yielding just four singles and three walks. The right-hander added four strikeouts and has allowed just one run his last three starts and 20 innings pitched.
Ryan Thurston secured the win with the final six outs in relief for Gary. The southpaw allowed one run on three hits and struck out three, including consecutive batters to end the game.
Michael Tamburino (4-5) was tagged with the loss in his second start against Gary for the RedHawks. The right-hander allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out two over 5.1 innings.
Gary concludes their four-game series against Fargo-Moorhead on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. RailCats’ rookie left-hander Seth Hougesen (0-1, 5.02) opposes RedHawks’ southpaw Sebastian Kessay (7-0, 3.36) in the series finale.
Thursday’s game is Porter County Public Library Night and Union Night and is also another Gerber Collision & Glass Thursday and Thirsty Thursday. Visit any Northwest Indiana Gerber Collision & Glass location for complimentary tickets and enjoy our domestic drafts, select premium drafts and hot dogs for $1.50, $3.00 and $1.00, respectively.
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