Lights Go out Not Once, But Twice: 'Cats and Saints Suspended in Series Opener
?GARY, IND. - The lights went out twice over a 30-minute span in the bottom of the eighth inning on Princess & Pirates Night at U.S. Steel Yard and was suspended with Gary trailing St. Paul, 5-3, with the bases loaded, one out and a 2-1 count on Chase Dawson. Play from Friday's suspended contest will resume at 5 p.m. on Saturday with Saturday's originally scheduled game expected to follow 30 minutes after the suspended game is completed.
St. Paul (17-8) took the opening lead of the series with a run in the top of the second. Brady Shoemaker drew a leadoff walk before Josh Allen advanced him up to third with a one-out double into the left field corner. Chesny Young followed Allen with an RBI groundout to first, scoring Shoemaker from third.
Gary (11-13) quickly countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Evan Marzilli ended a 0-for-16 slide with a sharp single into right-center before stealing second. Wilfredo Gimenez followed with an RBI single to right, plating Marzilli from second.
The RailCats took their first lead of the series with another run in the third. Marcus Mooney recorded his second of three hits with a leadoff double down the third base line before Randy Santiesteban laid down a perfectly placed bunt single up the third base line, giving Gary runners on the corners. Colin Willis followed Santiesteban with an RBI groundout, bringing home Mooney from third.
The Saints tied the game with a run in the fourth. Blake Schmit singled to center to begin the inning before stealing second. Shoemaker then brought Schmit around to score with an RBI single to center.
St. Paul regained the lead with another run in the seventh. Josh Allen golfed a solo homer off the base of the batter's eye in center field to put the Saints up 3-2.
The Saints went up 5-2 with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the eighth.
Logan Skinner drew a five-pitch walk to begin the inning before Max Murphy singled to right, giving St. Paul runners on first and second. Dan Motl then reached on a fielder's choice before Shoemaker was intentionally walked with two outs to load the bases. Devon Rodriguez then floated a two-run single into left-center, scoring both Murphy and Motl.
Gary added one run in the bottom of the eighth before the game was suspended. Willis drew a one-out walk before Marzilli was hit in the back. Gimenez then singled to left, loading the bases for Ray Jones. With one out and a 2-1 count, the lights went out the first time. After the lights turned back on 24 minutes later, Jones reached on an RBI infield single, scoring Willis. With a 2-1 count on the very next hitter Dawson, the lights went out a second time and the game was officially suspended.
Former RailCat Jake Matthys is currently in line for the win and allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings while Trevor Lubking is currently in line for the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over 7+ innings.
RailCats right-hander Justin Sinibaldi (0-1, 4.50) is expected to start in Saturday's originally scheduled game while the Saints have yet to announce their starter.
Saturday's game is another AccessAbilities Signature Saturday and Kids Run the Bases. Saturday's game is also Teacher Appreciation Night, Hebron Community Night, presented by Fifth Third Bank, and features a hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank.
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.
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