Railcats Let One Get Away
August 22, 2013 – Gary, IN – The RailCats took a heartbreaking loss to Wichita on Thursday afternoon dropping a 5-4 decision despite carrying a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning. Gary SouthShore is now 50-39 on the season, Wichita trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one and improved to 60-30 on the year.
Leading 4-2, Ian Durham struck out each of the first two batters he faced in the inning on a total of six pitches. Then Ryan Khoury worked a five-pitch walk and moved to third when Jake Kahaulelio doubled off the wall in left. John Rodriguez then muscled a base hit to right to score the tying run and moved to second on the throw home.
CJ Ziegler then singled to center to score the winning run for the Wingnuts as Josh Dew entered to try to close the game.
Jake Kahaulelio booted a ground ball off the bat of Brian Kolb to leadoff the inning; opening the door for a RailCats rally in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Babineau then drew a walk to put the winning run on first.
Closer Josh Dew settled down after that and struck out Cristian Guerrero for the first out and got Christian Vitters to fly out to center for the second out. Drew Martinez then grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
The RailCats won the season series with Wichita 7-6, but, split the four-game series this week at U. S. Steel Yard. The Wingnuts are now one game away from clinching a playoff spot and the RailCats hold a two game lead in the Wild Card heading into Thursday night’s action.
Thursday was the RailCats first loss of the season when leading after seven or eight innings and it was Ian Durham’s first blown save of the year.
The RailCats head to St. Paul for a three-game series with the Saints beginning on Friday night. The Saints will send LHP Cole Nelson (5-2, 2.51 ERA) the RailCats send RHP Morgan Coombs (5-2, 4.78 ERA).