RailCats, Wingnuts Even at 1-1
Gary, IN – Despite two late inspired rallies, the RailCats dropped game two of the American Association Championship Series to Wichita 6-4 in 10 innings on Wednesday night. The series now stands tied at one game apiece as the series shifts to Wichita for the final three games.
The RailCats tied the game to force extra innings against Josh Dew in the bottom of the ninth. Brian Kolb leadoff the inning with a triple down the right field line. He scored when Drew Martinez reached on an infield single to cut the lead in half with nobody out in the inning.
Zac Mitchell then bunted Martinez into scoring position for the first out of the inning. After Danny Pulfer grounded out, Adam Klein lined a base hit past Ryan Khoury to score Martinez from second and tie the game at four.
Wichita’s offense was not held off the board for long as Brent Clevlan doubled in Jake Kahaulelio with one out in the tenth off Ian Durham. Later, Cole Armstrong drove in his third run of the game with a sacrifice fly to deep center.
In the bottom of the tenth with two outs, Craig Maddox doubled and Brian Kolb and Drew Martinez each walked on four pitches to load the bases. Reliever Erik Lambe entered in place of Andrew Aizenstadt and struck out Zac Mitchell to end the game.
The loss marks the fifth loss in six games in game two of championship series’ in franchise history.
For the second night in a row, Wichita jumped out to an early lead when Cole Armstrong doubled home Abel Nieves to take a 1-0 lead in the second.
The RailCats tied the game in the third when Adam Klein singled home Zac Mitchell with a base hit down the right field line.
Brian Kolb put the RailCats in the lead with an RBI single over the head of Abel Nieves at third in the bottom of the fourth. Kolb drove in Cristian Guerrero; who reached on an infield single to begin the inning.
Wichita grabbed the lead back against RailCats starter Stephen Hiscock in the top of the sixth. After the Wingnuts got three straight hits to load the bases, Abel Nieves won an eight-pitch at-bat with a base hit through the left side to take a 3-2 lead for Wichita. Cole Armstrong followed with an RBI single through the middle to complete the three-run frame for the Wingnuts.
Stephen Hiscock went five and ⅔ innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk. He struck out three, threw 93 pitches, and took a no-decision.
Brian Kolb had three hits, Mike Massaro and Adam Klein each had a pair of hits for the RailCats.
Chris Smith looked to be in line for his second win of the postseason until the RailCats rallied to beat Josh Dew in the ninth. Smith went seven and ⅓ innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out six and threw 113 pitches.
The RailCats continue their championship series with Wichita on Friday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with a 7:05 first pitch. The RailCats will throw RHP Billy Spottiswood (1-0, 1.00 ERA), LHP Anthony Capra (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for Wichita.
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