FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (June 23, 2017)
Contact: Jared Shlensky
FARGO, N.D. — A three-hit night from Colin Willis and 6.2 strong innings from Alex Gunn led Gary to a 6-2 win over Fargo-Moorhead for their season-high-tying fourth straight win on Friday evening at Newman Outdoor Field. Willis finished a triple shy of the cycle and reached base in all four of his plate appearances while Gunn (2-3) matched a career-high with nine strikeouts. Gunn retired 13 of the first 14 he faced and struck out at least one hitter in every inning he pitched in.
Willis extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 and gave the RailCats an early 1-0 lead with a two-out solo homer to the right field parking lot in the first. The homer was Willis’ third of the year and increased his RBI total to 21, second most on the team.
Gary (19-16) extended their lead to two on Randy Santiesteban’s RBI double down the left field line. Santiesteban fouled off eight consecutive pitches from Tyler Alexander before scoring Willis.
The RailCats went in front 3-0 in the sixth courtesy of a pair of throwing errors on a pickoff attempt to first. With Kris Goodman on first after drawing a walk, Alexander threw to first on a pickoff attempt. Goodman took off as soon as Alexander lifted his leg, however, Alexander’s errant toss allowed Goodman to go to third before Jesus Posso’s throw to third from first airmailed Josh Mazzola, allowing Goodman to score on the play.
Fargo-Moorhead (17-18) scored their only two runs of the night on Yhoxian Medina’s two-out, two-run double down the third base line. Mitch Delfino and Charlie Valerio singled earlier in the inning before Medina drove them both in.
Gary extended their back to three in the eighth on Andy De Jesus’ two-run single to center. De Jesus entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh before driving in a pair in his only at-bat of the night.
Chase Harris made it 6-2 with a two-out solo home run to right-center. The home run was Harris’ second of the season and the center fielder’s only hit of the game.
Ryan Fritze (2) struck out the only batter he faced to earn a hold while Carlos Diaz (1) secured the win with the six-out save. Diaz struck out five of the six batters he faced in his first save of the season.
Alexander (1-3) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) in seven innings. The southpaw struck out a season-high 10 hitters and allowed just one walk.
Gary resumes their three-game series against Fargo-Moorhead on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Right-hander Westin Wuethrich (0-0, 6.00) makes his second start of the year against RedHawks right-hander Jose Almarante (2-3, 4.36) in the middle game of the series.
Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard on Monday, July 3rd for the start of a seven-game homestand. Monday’s game vs. Fargo-Moorhead is at 7:10 p.m. and is another MetroPCS Monday. Monday’s series opener against the RedHawks is also the inaugural Fourth of Juluau Pig Roast, presented by Berey Bros., and features Fireworks and Barefoot Hawaiian Fire Dancers.
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