RailCats lose to Winnipeg, remain one half game out of first place

August 23, 2006 - Northern League (NL) - Gary SouthShore Railcats News Release

Gary, Ind. Greg Sain hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Winnipeg Goldeyes to a 5-3 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Wednesday night.

The RailCats' loss dropped their record to 19-19 in the second half. They remain one-half game out of first place with 10 games to play, trailing Joliet, who lost at Edmonton on Wednesday. Kansas City also moved into a tie with the RailCats for second place by beating Schaumburg.

Winnipeg took a 5-0 lead into the ninth inning and withstood a Gary comeback effort. The RailCats scored three times with one out and had the tying run at first base when Josh Kite got Chris Curry to hit into a game-ending double play.

Winnipeg starting pitcher Luis Villarreal, in his first outing with Winnipeg after being acquired in a trade with Joliet, tossed six and one-third scoreless innings to earn the win. Over the 2005-06 seasons, Villarreal has allowed only three earned runs in five starts against the RailCats covering 35 and two-thirds innings.

Winnipeg broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Jimmy Hurst singled to center with one out and Will Smith drew a two-out walk. Sain followed with a line drive home run to left, his fifth long ball of the year, to make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Sain followed a walk to Smith with a mammoth home run to left to make it 5-0.

Winnipeg reliever Howard Pence began the ninth inning by issuing back-to-back walks to Andy Rohleder and Jay Pecci and then giving up a single to Eric McNamee to load the bases. Pence got Tanner Townsend to ground into a fielder's choice for the first out as a run scored to make it 5-1. Kite replaced Pence and allowed a base hit to right to Steve Haake to bring in Pecci to make it 5-2, and Jermaine Allensworth followed with a single to left to drive in Townsend and make it 5-3 as Haake went to third. But Kite induced a hard ground ball from Curry to the shortstop, Max Poulin, and the Goldeyes turned the double play to end the game.

Gary wasted two early chances to take the lead. In the second, they had runners at first and third with one out before Villarreal struck out Jay Pecci and got Eric McNamee to fly out to right. In the third, they again had men at first and third with one out when Chris Curry grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The RailCats have a travel day on Thursday as they make the trip to Kansas City, Kansas to meet the T-Bones in a three game series starting Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Travis Kerber (3-5, 3.08) will start for Gary. The RailCats return home Monday to host Schaumburg and will play their final seven games of the season at home.

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