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Flyers Ground RailCats, Take Series With 3-2 Win

Gary SouthShore RailCats BaseballSCHAUMBURG, IL. 5-30-2010 — Dustin Glant gave up only a pair of third inning runs to pitch the Schaumburg Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Gary SouthShore RailCats in rubber game of a three-game series Sunday afternoon at Alexian Field.

Glant (2-1) went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, and the Schaumburg bullpen completed a perfect weekend with two scoreless frames.  Flyers relievers retired all 18 hitters they faced in the series, and Matt Elliott worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save on Sunday.

The RailCats scored their two runs with a two-out third inning rally.  Chris Carrara singled with two outs and scored when Adam Klein smacked a triple into the left field corner.  That tied the score at one, and Jay Pecci put the RailCats ahead when he dropped down a perfect bunt to third base and beat the throw at first, scoring Klein.

That, however, would be it for the RailCats, who only left three runners on base in the loss.  Schaumburg, meanwhile, peppered RailCats pitching for 13 hits, including four triples and two doubles.  RailCats pitchers did a remarkable job with men on base to limit the Flyers to three runs, all charged to starter Willie Glen (0-1).  Glen allowed 10 hits but only three earned runs in five innings, stranding six runners on base, four in scoring position.

Zeb Engle and Aaron Cook closed the game with three combined innings of scoreless relief, but those frames were not without their drama either.  Engle worked around a two-out, pinch-hit Lyndon Poole triple in the sixth and Cook escaped a first and third, one out jam in the eighth with a strikeout of Joe Pauley and a weak groundout to first.

Klein and Mike Rohde had two hit days for the RailCats, who finish their five-game road trip 2-3.  Joe Nowicki and Mike Mooney each had three hits for the Flyers, with Mooney missing the cycle by just a home run.  Schaumburg scored the winning runs in the fourth when Mooney doubled and scored on an Andre Marshall triple.  Marshall came in with the winning run moments later on a Tom Fitzgerald base hit.

The RailCats (4-7) return to U. S. Steel Yard Monday at 3 p.m. to being a six-game homestand and three-game series with the Winnipeg Goldeyes.  Brandon Magee (0-2, 6.54 ERA) will start Monday’s afternoon contest for the ‘Cats against Winnipeg’s Mark Holliman (2-0, 0.68 ERA).  The game will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and at www.railcatsbaseball.com.

Monday is also another Dollar Monday, presented by NIEMI Associates, at The Steel Yard.  Fans can get one dollar hot dogs, pop, popcorn, chips, game programs and more all throughout the park.  Plus, when you buy one ticket for Monday’s game, the second is just a buck!  The RailCats will also pass out sleek ‘Cats posters to the first 1,000 fans of all ages Monday, thanks to Garman Printing.  Tickets are available at www.railcatsbaseball.com, by calling 219.882.2255 or visiting the U. S. Steel Yard Box Office.

Notes: The series win was the first for the Flyers this summer … Jeff Beachum went 0-for-4 to end his four-game hitting streak … Mike Massaro hit third in the RailCats lineup, the first time in his two-year career he has started a game and not been at the top of the order … Glen’s loss was his first in his last 16 RailCats starts.  Glen, who went 9-0 over that span, last lost in a RailCats uniform on July 18, 2007, also to the Flyers.