KANSAS CITY, Kan. 6-16-2010 – It was another night and another Gary SouthShore RailCats comeback, as the ‘Cats overcame a 6-0 deficit after three innings with an eight-run fourth to knock off the Kansas City T-Bones 11-8 Wednesday night in a third straight wild game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Wednesday was the third night in a row in which the RailCats scored at least 10 runs and the third straight night the ‘Cats played from underneath a huge early T-Bones lead. Kansas City scored three times in the first inning Wednesday – the third night in a row the T-Bones scored at least three first inning runs – and added three runs in the third to jump in front 6-0. The RailCats, though, had the hosts right where they wanted them.
After Brett Davis (2-2) cruised through the first three innings, the RailCats started the fourth with a Jeff Beachum double down the left field line. Following a Mike Reese walk, Louis Ott drove home Beachum with the RailCats first run on a single. John Parham stepped in after Ott and cranked a three-run home run, his second of the year, to trim the deficit to two. Chris Carrara singled and was at second base with two outs when Mike Massaro got the RailCats within a run on a line drive triple to center. Massaro scored the tying run on a passed ball moments later, and Tanner Townsend put the RailCats in front on a line drive home run into the left field bleachers. Ott added another RBI hit, this one a double, later in the fourth to cap the eight-run inning.
In total, the RailCats sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth and scored eight times on eight hits and two walks. The hits included two doubles, a triple and two home runs, and marked season-highs for the RailCats for runs and hits in a single inning.
The RailCats would hang on to the lead the rest of the way as Willie Glen (2-2) got through five innings to earn the win, and Jeff Williams pitched brilliantly in back of Glen with 2.1 scoreless frames. After the RailCats tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the eighth – on RBI doubles from Reese and Ott – Andy Shipman worked a perfect ninth for his league-leading eighth save.
The ‘Cats out-hit Kansas City for the first time in the series (16-13) and collected a season-high eight extra-base hits. Ott went 4-for-5 with three RBI and three doubles to give the RailCats their second four-hit game of the season (the first came from Adam Klein Monday night). Massaro added three hits of his own and Carrara went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
In the first three games of the series, the teams have combined for 60 runs on 87 hits, with 32 of those runs and 44 of the hits belonging to the RailCats, who entered the series with the worst batting average in the league. The last eight games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark between the T-Bones and ‘Cats have averaged 17.8 runs and 25.0 hits combined between the clubs.
Kansas City got early home runs from Jake Blackwood and Jim Fasano but it was not enough. Fasano finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and catcher Keith Hernandez also had three hits.
The RailCats (15-11) and T-Bones (15-11) complete their four-game series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. when left-hander Brad Halsey (1-1, 2.21 ERA) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and make the start for the RailCats opposite T-Bones lefty Ryan Knippschild (4-1, 2.40 ERA). The game, like every RailCats game in 2010, will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore and online at www.railcatsbaseball.com.
Notes: The win is the RailCats ninth in their last 11 games … the ‘Cats have guaranteed at least a split of the four-game series and with a win Thursday could win their fifth series in a row … Ott is 7-for-8 with three doubles and a home run over the last two games … the RailCats had scored double-digit runs in a game only once before the last three nights … all nine RailCats starters had at least one hit in the game.