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Klein's Ninth-Inning Single Lifts RailCats to 5-4 Win

July 9, 2012 - American Association (AA) - Gary SouthShore Railcats News Release

GARY, Ind. - Adam Klein hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to give the RailCats a 5-4 win over Lincoln on Monday night. For the third straight game, the RailCats and Saltdogs entered the ninth inning tied but the Cats prevailed for their second walk-off win in the last three games. The RailCats improved to 20-30 on the season in front of a home crowd of 3102.

Chris Carrara drew a walk against Tycen Po Vey to lead off the bottom of the ninth. David Cooper followed with a bunt single, beating out the throw to first. Klein fouled off the first two pitches trying to bunt the runners over. In an 0-2 count, Klein hit a high chopper over the head of Saltdogs' first baseman John Alonso and into right field to score Carrara and seal the victory.

The RailCats grabbed the lead in the first inning against Saltdogs starter Ryan Sheldon. Mike Massaro hit a one-out triple to right, tying the American Association all-time record with 25 triples since the 'Cats joined the league in 2011. The next batter, Mike Coles, ripped a double to left to score Massaro and put the RailCats on top 1-0.

RailCats starter Will Krout held the Saltdogs hitless for the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. The Saltdogs knocked four straight hits, including back-to-back doubles by John Alonso and Stephen Holdren to take a 3-1 lead.

The 'Cats answered in the bottom of the frame, as Brian Kolb drove an RBI double off the wall in left and Chris Carrara reached on an error that scored Kolb to tie the game at three. Lincoln plated a run in the fifth on a fielding error by center fielder Sean Henry. Craig Maddox hit a sac fly in the bottom of the inning for the RailCats to tie the game again at four.

RailCats starter Will Krout took a no decision, pitching seven innings and allowing four runs, three of which were earned. Chris Allen (4-4) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Saltdogs starter Ryan Sheldon went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

The finale of the series and homestand is Tuesday night at 7:10 at U. S. Steel Yard.

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