RailCats rally to force extras, fall to Saints, 4-3, in 11 innings
GARY, Ind. - The Gary SouthShore RailCats forced extra innings on Bark at the Park Day at U.S. Steel Yard on a frigid Sunday afternoon with runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, but a go-ahead RBI single from Brady Shoemaker in the top of the 11th gave the St. Paul Saints a 4-3 win in the rubber game of the series. Reggie Wilson recorded his third straight multi-hit game while both teams used a combined 11 pitchers in the 3 hour, 44 minute contest.
Richard Prigatano led off the 11th with a single to center before advancing to second on Max Murphy's sacrifice bunt. Shoemaker followed with the go-ahead RBI single to right-center for his fourth RBI of the series, bringing in Prigatano.
St. Paul (2-1) took their first opening lead of the season on Josh Allen's one-out solo home run to left in the top of the third. The home run was Allen's first in the American Association and was the third homer of the young season for the Saints.
Gary (1-2) quickly tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the third. John Price Jr. laced a single to center in his first professional at-bat before Cole Fabio drew a four-pitch walk. Alex Crosby then advanced both runners into scoring with a sacrifice bunt before Randy Santiesteban brought home Price Jr. with a deep sacrifice fly to left-center.
The Saints regained the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the fifth. With Prigatano and Murphy on second and third, Noah Perio Jr. pulled a two-run single into left, plating both Prigatano and Murphy to give St. Paul a 3-1 lead.
Gary trimmed the St. Paul lead with a two-out run in the eighth. Santiesteban was plunked in the hip with two outs before advancing to second on a Dante Bichette Jr. passed ball. Garrett Copeland then pulled an RBI single to right, bringing around Santiesteban from second.
The RailCats scored for the second straight inning and tied the game at 3-3 with another run in the ninth. D.K. Carey was hit on the left side with one out before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Wilson then floated a soft single to left for his second of two hits on the day, giving Gary runners on the corners. Price Jr. followed Wilson with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Carey from third.
Keaton Steele (0-1) was charged with the loss in his second relief appearance of the season. The right-hander allowed one run over two innings on three hits. Ryan Boelter (1-0) recorded the win in his second appearance in as many days. The southpaw yielded a hit and a walk while striking out four over two scoreless innings.
The RailCats are idle on Monday before hitting the road for the first time on Tuesday against the Kansas City T-Bones. Neither time has announced their starters for the series opener.
The RailCats return home on Monday, May 28th for the start of a season-long 10-game homestand. Monday's game is the inaugural regular-season game vs. the Chicago Dogs and is Ketchup Appreciation Day, a Memorial Day Matinee, All You Can Eat Night ($10 wristbands for hot dogs, popcorn and peanuts) and another MetroPCS Monday at U.S. Steel Yard.
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