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Sioux Falls outslugs Gary, take series finale 8-7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 17, 2017)
Contact: Jared Shlensky
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Article written by Austin Anderson, Broadcast & Media Relations Asst.

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GARY, Ind. – The Gary SouthShore RailCats season-high six-game winning streak came to an end Thursday as the Sioux Falls Canaries took the series finale by a score of 8-6. The RailCats could not complete their second straight series sweep and remain a half-game behind Kansas City for the top wild card spot as the two teams square off in Kansas City over the weekend.                                                                                 

Sioux Falls (40-44) took the opening lead for the first time in the series with a pair of runs in the second. Chris Jacobs gave the Canaries their first lead of the game with a single to left begin the inning. After Patrick Fiala struck out, Tyler Wolfe singled to center, advancing Jacobs from first to third. Blake Schmit put Sioux Falls in front with a sacrifice fly before Brett Marr doubled the Canaries’ lead with a two-out RBI single to left, scoring Wolfe for the final run of the inning.

Gary (46-35) quickly jumped in front with a three-run top of the third. Andy De Jesus led off the frame with an opposite field single before Chase Harris ended the RailCats season-high 13-game homerless drought with a two-run home run off the netting in left field. Two batters later, Colin Willis put the RailCats in front of the Canaries, 3-2, with an RBI double to left-center, bringing around Alex Crosby all the way from first.

The Canaries regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth. Marr doubled down the right field line to begin the inning before Burt Reynolds evened the game at 3-3 with an RBI single to center. Jabari Henry gave Sioux Falls a 5-3 advantage with a towering, two-run home run down the left field.

The RailCats trimmed the Canaries lead to 5-4 with a two-out run in the bottom of the fifth. Harris led off the frame with a bunt single up the third base line before Crosby moved him up to second with a deep flyout to left. Two batters later, Cameron Newell cut the Sioux Falls lead to one with an RBI single to left-center, bringing home Harris from second.

In the seventh, the Canaries added on insurance runs with a two-out offensive outburst. Henry walked and advanced to third on Jacobs’ single. Fiala had an RBI single that scored Henry. Tyler Wolfe followed with a two-run RBI triple that scored Jacobs and Fiala to make the score 8-4 in favor of Sioux Falls.

Gary answered in the bottom of the seventh by scoring a pair of runs of their own. The bases were loaded with none out as Crosby, Willis, and Newell all walked. Kris Goodman and Frank Martinez hit consecutive sacrifice flies that plated Crosby and Willis respectively to cut the RailCats deficit in half at 8-6.

The RailCats did not go down without a fight in the bottom of the ninth. Willis led off with a single. Two batters later, Martinez reached first on a dropped third strike that advanced Willis to second. Willis and Martinez executed a double steal to advance to second and third. A throwing error from Mike Falsetti allowed Willis to score and Martinez to advance to third to make the score 8-7. Jose Gonzalez struck out on three pitches to end the scoring threat.

Ayrton Costa (2-2) took the loss for the RailCats in his sixth start of the season for Gary as he allowed four earned runs on six hits, walked one, and struck out four in 4.1 innings of work. Sioux Falls right-hander Dylan Thompson (3-3) only allowed one hit in 1.1 innings in relief while striking out three to earn the victory. Jose Ortega (16) pitched the eighth and the ninth for the Canaries without giving up a run to earn the save.

Gary begins a three-game series on Friday in Kansas City, Kansas, vs. the T-Bones. Southpaw Jeff McKenzie (2-3, 4.06) gets the ball for the RailCats in the series opener while the T-Bones have yet to announce their starter.

Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard on Friday, August 25th, for a three-game series vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. Friday’s game is Stand Up to Cancer Night, features a Hat Giveaway and is another Fireworks Friday. The first 1,000 fans receive a hat, courtesy of Methodist Hospitals, while Fireworks and Stand Up to Cancer Night are presented by Fifth Third Bank.                               

Jared Shlensky and Austin Anderson bring you all 100 RailCats games this season on WEFM (95.9 FM) and online at Fans can purchase tickets for RailCats home games by calling (219) 882-BALL or online at The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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