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'Cats Blow Another Lead, Drop Series to Last-Place Lincoln

August 9, 2015 - American Association (AA) - Gary SouthShore Railcats News Release

Gary, Ind. - For the second straight day, the Gary SouthShore RailCats bullpen coughed up a late lead, as the Lincoln Saltdogs took game two in 11 innings at the U.S. Steel Yard Sunday afternoon, 6-5.

Trailing 1-0, in the second inning, the RailCats (32-40) brought in three runs on a Josh Henderson fielder's choice and J.D. Pulfer two-run double.

Adam Taylor made the score 4-1 with a solo bomb to right field - his second of the year - before Lincoln (28-44) scored one in the fifth and another in the sixth.

Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Thomas blasted a solo home run to left field to put the 'Cats up two again at 5-3.

But the lead was short-lived. RailCats reliever Matt Solter gave up three straight hits in the seventh to tie the game at five.

That's where the lead would stay until the 11th when the 'Dogs' Aaron Payne drove in a run, and the 'Cats failed to get the run home from third in the bottom half.

Solter gave up three runs on six hits in his 1.1 innings-pitched before Chris Bodishbaugh and Andy Loomis shut down the Lincoln bats late in the game.

Rookie Joe McCarty, making his professional debut for the RailCats in the 11th inning, allowed an unearned run on two hits.

'Cats starter Travis McGee left with a lead after five innings, throwing 90 pitches, and allowing two runs on five hits.

The RailCats have now lost four straight home series have not won a series at the U.S. Steel Yard since a June 30-July 2 series against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

The 'Dogs are only four games behind the RailCats and are sneaking up, trying to put the 'Cats in the cellar of the Central Division.

Gary SouthShore wraps up the homestand Monday with a 7:10 game against Lincoln.

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