WINNIPEG, Manitoba 6-23-2010 – Louis Ott cracked two-run singles in the eighth and ninth, and Mike Massaro went 4-for-5 to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a come-from-behind 7-5 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes Wednesday night at Canwest Park, giving the RailCats a key series win.
With Winnipeg leading 4-2 after seven innings, the RailCats evened the score with a two-run eighth. Massaro singled to start the inning and went to second when Tanner Townsend walked. After a Jeff Beachum sacrifice bunt got the runners to second and third, Ott laced a base hit into center to bring both runners home. But the hot-hitting RailCats utility man was not done.
In the ninth, Adam Klein singled with one out and Jay Pecci walked to get runners to first and second. Massaro fell behind 0-2 in the count one batted later, but he lined a single into left to bring Klein in from second and get the RailCats their first lead since the very early going. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and with two outs Ott came through for a second time, lining a base hit into right that scored two more runs to put the RailCats out front good.
Ott also had a hand in the RailCats second run, doubling with two outs in the sixth and scoring on a Mike Rohde single one batter later. Now on an eight-game hitting streak, Ott is a remarkable 18-for-33 (.545) over that stretch with six doubles and 12 RBI. Massaro’s also been hot of late, with 21 hits his last 12 times out following his first four-hit day of the year Wednesday. The RailCats had 14 hits in all, including two from Klein.
The night started poorly for the RailCats, who saw starter Brandon Magee leave the game with an injury with one out in the third inning after a Juan Diaz home run. The RailCats bullpen picked up the slack once again, however, with Zeb Engle allowing just one run in 3.2 innings and Aaron Cook (2-1) earning the win with two solid frames. Andy Shipman struck out Kevin West to end the night and pick up his league-leading 10th save.
The Goldeyes also had 14 hits Wednesday with Diaz and Vince Harrison each going 3-for-4. Ace Walker pitched well in the start, but the RailCats forced Walker out after allowing two runs and eight hits in six innings. Zach Baldwin allowed the two tying runs and Phillip Roy (1-1) took the loss after allowing the three ninth inning tallies.
Despite being in the midst of a second seven-game road trip in as many weeks, the RailCats have won eight of their last 12 contests away from home and picked up their second series win over the third-place Goldeyes this month. The RailCats also won Monday night’s game, 2-1.
The RailCats (18-15) seven-game northern road swing heads south to Fargo-Moorhead where the RailCats will start a four-game series Thursday night at 7:02 p.m. against the RedHawks (19-10). Tom Thornton (1-0, 3.32 ERA) will start Thursday’s game for the RailCats opposite Fargo left-hander Jake Laber (3-1, 4.50 ERA). The game, like every RailCats game, will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and online at www.railcatsbaseball.com.
Notes: The RailCats had 33 hits in the three-game series … Engle’s 3.2 inning outing matched his own team-high for innings pitched by a reliever … every RailCats starter reached base in the game, with eight different players notching hits … the RailCats are 10-7 on the road this year and just 8-8 at home … the win was the ‘Cats second this season when trailing after seven innings.