KENOSHA, Wis. 6-12-2010 — Brandon Magee followed up his Northern League Pitcher of the Week award with a brilliant encore performance, twirling eight three-hit innings to lead the Gary SouthShore RailCats to a 6-0 win over the Lake County Fielders Saturday night at the Carthage College baseball Field.
Magee was totally in control of the Fielders from start to finish, at one point retiring 17 of 18 hitters and allowing more than one runner to reach in an inning only once, in his eighth and final frame. Magee struck out six and walked one, coaxing 11 ground ball outs and extending his scoreless inning streak to 15.0 innings. Over his last three starts, Magee has allowed just one run in 19.2 IP (0.46 ERA) and piled up 18 strikeouts.
Jeff Dunbar collected Lake County’s first hit in the second inning and Magee would go on to retire 12 in a row after that. Amos Ramon doubled in the sixth to lead off and end that streak, but the right-hander came back to get the next five in a row. Ramon had two of the three hits against Magee, who had only five runners reach against him.
The RailCats provided ample support for Magee in the fourth inning, scoring four times to open a 5-0 lead. Cristian Guerrero led off the fourth with a double down the left field line, and scored when Louis Ott shot a single into right field. Three batters later, Adam Klein stepped to the dish with the two outs and the bases loaded and came through with the night’s biggest hit, a screaming double to the gap in left, scoring all three runners.
The RailCats had ample chances throughout the night, going down in order only in the ninth inning and collecting 10 hits. Every RailCats hitter reached base at least once, and seven different ‘Cats starters collected base hits. Klein, Ott and Mike Massaro each had two hits, and the RailCats cracked a season-high four doubles.
The only legitimate scoring threat against Magee came in the Lake County eighth inning, when Ramon singled with two outs to put runners at first and third. Magee got Joseph Ramos to fly out and end the inning, and Jeff Williams went through the ninth scoreless despite the first two runners reaching against him.
Garry Bakker (1-3) took the loss for the Fielders, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 6.0 innings. The right-hander surrendered four walks and was beaten by Magee for the second time in as many starts. Magee and the RailCats beat Bakker and the Fielders 3-0 on June 6 at U. S. Steel Yard.
The RailCats (12-10) and Fielders (8-14) wrap up their three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Carthage Baseball Field. Left-hander Tom Thornton (0-0, 4.69 ERA) will make his first start of the year for the RailCats against Lake County’s Corey Bass (1-2, 3.37 ERA). The game will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and online at www.railcatsbaseball.com.
Notes: With a win Sunday, the RailCats will win their fourth series in a row … Magee’s ERA has dropped to 2.64 on the strength of his last three starts, nearly four points lower than his ERA after his first two starts (6.55) … Klein is 7-for-10 this year with two outs and runners in scoring position, including a 2-for-2 effort Saturday.