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RailCats fan 14 times in 4-0 loss to Chicago

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Gary SouthShore RailCats were held to five hits and set a season-high by striking out 14 times in a 4-0 defeat to the Chicago Dogs. Chicago starter Tommy Thorpe struck out a career-high eight batters over a season-high 6.2 innings to earn the win.

Both pitchers settled in early. Thorpe allowed a leadoff single to Will Savage in the first, but he then retired the next eight Gary hitters. Gary starter Keaton Steele, meanwhile, allowed a first-inning single and a second-inning walk, but erased both runners with double plays.

Chicago (39-49) would have an opportunity to score in the fourth, as Edwin Arroyo singled with one out and advanced to third on Trey Vavra’s two-out single. However, Dalton Blaser would roll over a 3-1 fastball for a groundout to first, keeping the game scoreless.

Gary (50-38) would mount their own threat Wilfredo Gimenez drew a lead off walk, then advanced to second on a two-out hit from D.K. Carey. Will Savage, though, ended the threat by grounding out to Thorpe.

In the sixth, Chicago broke through as Joe Benson lined Steele’s first pitch of the inning into right-center for a leadoff triple. Two pitches later, Stephen Perez brought in Benson with a sacrifice fly to center.

In the seventh, Gary would mount a two-out rally. Andy De Jesus singled to right, then Garrett Copeland drew a four-pitch walk. Kaohi Downing would then replace Thorpe, striking out D.K. Carey with two men on to end the inning.

Thorpe (3-4) would work a season-best 6.2 shutout innings, striking out eight batters while walking two.

Steele (4-5), meanwhile, would also work into the seventh. Blaser led off with a double, followed by a walk to Benson. Steele, though, buckled down to retire the next three men to keep it a 1-0 deficit. He would complete a season-high 7.0 innings, allowing the one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out two.  

In the eighth, things would come crashing down for the RailCats, as Robbie Coursel retired his first two hitters, but then allowed two infield singles, followed by a broken-bat RBI single from Blaser. Benson provided the knockout blow, pulling a ground ball down the left field line for a two-run double, extending the lead to 4-0.

Taylor Grover came out of the Chicago bullpen to strike out the side in the ninth inning to finish off the contest.

Gary returns home on Thursday for a doubleheader against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks after the two teams were postponed in Fargo, N.D., back on July 19th. Game one will begin at 5 p.m. with game two following 30 minutes after the completion of game one. Gary hasn’t announced either of their starters for the doubleheader while the RedHawks are expected to start RHP Michael Tamburino (6-6, 4.49) in game one and RHP Trey McNutt (6-7, 5.71) in game two.

Thursday features a Throwback Jersey Auction, presented by Rieth-Riley, and is another Beer and Dog Thursday, presented by Miller Lite & GFS, and a Gerber Collision and Glass Thursday. Beer and Dog Thursday’s include $2.50 hot dogs, $1.50 domestic drafts and $3.00 select premium drafts.

Jared Shlensky and Brennan Mense bring you all 100 RailCats game this season on WEFM (95.9 FM) and online at Ticket packages for the 2018 Gary SouthShore RailCats season are available online at and can also be purchased by calling the RailCats ticket line at (219) 882-BALL. The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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