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Zink, Beachum Lead RailCats to 2-0 Win in Schaumburg

Gary SouthShore RailCats BaseballSCHAUMBURG, IL. 5-29-2010Ryan Zink and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Jeff Beachum hit a two-run seventh inning home run to give the Gary SouthShore RailCats a 2-0 win over the Schaumburg Flyers Saturday night in a pitcher’s duel at Alexian Field.

Zink (1-0) and Alain Quijano (0-1) matched zeroes through the game’s first six innings, with Quijano even holding the RailCats hitless into the sixth.  In the seventh, Tanner Townsend singled and Beachum hit a long, majestic home run to left with two outs to put the RailCats in front.  That was all Zink, Brad Furnish and Andy Shipman would need, as the Flyers advanced only one runner to third base in the face of the ‘Cats combined gem.

Zink had faced only one over the minimum through five innings and sailed through his seven frames by not allowing more than one baserunner in any inning.  The right-hander gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out five Flyers.  Schaumburg’s best scoring chance came in the sixth when Joe Pauley walked to lead off and was worked around to third with two outs.  But Zink got Travis Brown to fly out to center to end the inning.  Furnish gave up a one-out hit in the eighth but nothing more and Shipman got three straight groundouts to pick up his league-leading third save.

The Flyers had only five baseunners all night, only one fewer than the RailCats six runners.  Three RailCats, however, were caught stealing – two on pickoffs by Quijano – so the visitors stranded just one runner in the game.  Chris Carrara had two of the RailCats five hits, the only player in the game with more than one hit.

The RailCats (4-6) and Flyers (2-7) play the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday at 1:20 p.m. at Alexian Field.  Willie Glen (0-0, 3.27 ERA) will be on the mound for the RailCats against Schaumburg’s Dustin Glant (1-1, 3.55 ERA).  The game will be broadcast only online at www.railcatsbaseball.com or www.thelakeshorefm.com.

Notes: The game was played in 2:09, the ‘Cats shortest game of the season, 14 minutes shorter than Friday’s game … the last four RailCats games have all been played in 2:39 or less … Louis Ott started the game at third base and has now played four different positions (C, 1B, 2B, 3B) in his six starts … Beachum’s home run was his third in a RailCats uniform and the fourth of his four-year career … the RailCats had six shutouts in 2009, the last coming August 27 vs. Schaumburg at U. S. Steel Yard.