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Coombs Cruises in RailCats Win over Quebec

logoMorgan Coombs delivered six outstanding innings on the mound and Cristian Guerrero hit a three-run double to lead the RailCats to a 5-1 victor over the Capitales on Monday night. Gary (12-11) snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory, playing in a heavy fog for most of the game.

The RailCats defense, which committed four errors on Sunday, betrayed them again in the third as first baseman Steve Liddle committed a throwing error attempting to turn a double play on Jeff Helps’ groundball. Carlos Willoughby, who led off the inning with a single, came in to score on Royce Consigli’s sacrifice fly to right.

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Canaries Sweep 'Cats in 9-5 Win

logoNick Van Stratten was 3-for-4 with four RBI, including a back-breaking two-run single in the seventh inning as Sioux Falls swept the RailCats with a 9-5 victory on Sunday at U. S. Steel Yard. Gary (11-11) has lost four straight and six of their last seven contests.

Van Stratten clobbered a lead-off homer in the top of the first off starter Ari Ronick. Van Stratten, who missed a cycle in Saturday’s game by a home run, knocked the fourth pitch of the game over the wall in left field.

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RailCats Sign Former First-Round Pick

logoThe RailCats signed a former Major League first-round pick in left-handed pitcher James Adkins on Saturday. They also placed right-handed starter Stephen Hiscock on the inactive list retroactive to May 28.

Adkins began the year with the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the American Association and was 1-1 with a 6.42 ERA in three starts. He surrendered 15 runs, 10 earned in 14 innings with five strikeouts and six walks.

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Canaries Power Past RailCats in Series Opener

logoTim Pahuta and Nate Bauman combined for eight hits, including two home runs, as Sioux Falls powered their way to an 8-3 win over the RailCats.

After the RailCats took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, Pahuta pounded the second offering of the top of the sixth into the seats in right field to tie the game. With the bases loaded and one out, Jake Taylor lined a two-run single to center to give the Canaries the lead for good at 5-3.

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Sox Rally to Take Series

logoAmarillo rallied from a four-run deficit and Jason Martin hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning as the Sox topped the RailCats 9-8 in the series rubber match on Wednesday night. The RailCats (11-8) suffered their first series loss of the season.

With the game tied at eight in the eighth inning, KC Serna hit a grounder to second under the glove of Danny Pulfer to reach first on an error. Martin followed with a double to the gap in right field to give the Sox their first lead at 9-8.

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Pulfer Returns, Babineau Sent to Disabled List

logoThe Railcats activated infielder Danny Pulfer from the disabled list and placed catcher Ryan Babineau on the DL retroactive to May 30 with an injured groin.

Pulfer was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 28 with concussion-like symptoms. The Lakewood, Calif. native is hitting .227 (5-22) with one double, two RBI, and nine walks in eight games for the RailCats, filling in at second and third base.

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Ronick Deals Again in 6-2 Win

sox-wb-02Ari Ronick delivered his third straight quality start and Gary scored five runs in the middle innings in a 6-2 win over Amarillo on Tuesday night. The RailCats (11-7) remain one game back of first-place Wichita in the Central.

The Sox got on the board in the first inning against Ronick. After back-to-back singles led off the inning, David Peralta hit an RBI single to right with one out to give Amarillo a 1-0 lead. With runners on the corners, Ronick was able to escape further damage by getting Joe Weik to bounce into a 3-6-1 double play. The RailCats defense turned a season-high four double plays on the night.

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