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Raben's Eighth Inning Double Defeats RailCats

May 18, 2013 - American Association (AA) - Gary SouthShore Railcats News Release

Gary, Ind. - Lincoln's Dennis Raben hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to send the Saltdogs to a 4-3 win over the RailCats on Saturday night at U. S. Steel Yard. The Saltdogs have a 2-1 lead in the series going into Sunday's series finale.

RailCats reliever Estevan Uriegas began the inning with a strikeout of Dan Carroll; however, the pitch was in the dirt and Carroll reached on a throwing error by catcher Ryan Babineau. Marco Gonzalez came on in relief with one out and walked the first hitter he faced then got Ian Gac to fly out to right field for the second out. Raben worked the count to 3-2 then lined a double into the alley in right center. It was Raben's third hit of the night and his seventh and eighth RBI in the series.

The RailCats got a rally started in the ninth, as Steve Liddle singled with one out and with two out, Craig Maddox brought him home with a pinch-hit single to pull the 'Cats within one. With the tying run at first, Zac Mitchell struck out to end the game.

The Saltdogs started quickly with Dan Carroll tripling to right field on the game's second pitch. Carroll scored on Stephen Douglas' single to give Lincoln a lead after just two hitters had stepped to the plate. With two out, Dennis Raben drove Douglas in from second with a single to give the Saltdogs a 2-0 lead after one inning.

Both starters had the strikeout pitch working early on as Stephen Hiscock and Nathan Moreau combined to strike out 11 hitters in the first three innings of the game.

Moreau held the RailCats hitless until the fifth. Danny Pulfer led off the inning with a single to right. Aljay Davis tried to bunt his way aboard, and reached on a throwing error by Lincoln third baseman Mike Provencher, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Zac Mitchell pushed Pulfer across with a groundout, and Adam Klein hit a two-out RBI single to score Davis and tie the game at two.

Both starters exited after five innings received no decisions, as Hiscock gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. One of Moreau's two runs was earned on three hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Uriegas (0-1) suffered the loss on the unearned run and Eddie McKiernan (1-0) threw two scoreless frames for the win. R.J. Rodriguez allowed the lone run in the ninth but claimed the save.

The series wraps up on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard. It is Times Family Sunday, with four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $36 with a coupon from the Times. Kids will run the bases post-game and there will be an autograph session with RailCats players following the contest.

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