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RailCats Upcoming Homestand Highlighted by Yowie Giveaway and Bark in the Park

logoThe RailCats first homestand of June starts Friday, June 7 and runs through Wednesday, June 12. The RailCats are Entertaining the Region all summer long and this six-game homestand features awesome giveaways, appearances and a special value for every night of the week.

The homestand includes Fireworks Friday, Souvenir Saturday, Times Family Sunday, Kids Eat Free Monday, Two for Tuesday, and Dollar Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the great promotions and giveaways that will occur during the homestand:

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RailCats Sign Catcher Tyler Smith

logoThe RailCats signed catcher Tyler Smith to a contract and released left-handed pitcher Mike Hanley on Tuesday.

Smith is a former member of the Kansas City Royals organization after a successful collegiate career at Arkansas State.

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Sox Drop RailCats 9-5 in Series Opener

logoAmarillo had five consecutive hits to start the fourth inning on their way to a five-run frame in a 9-5 victory over the RailCats in the series opener on Monday night. Gary (10-7) falls to second place in the Central, one game back of Wichita.

With the game tied at one entering the fourth, the first five Amarillo hitters reached on hits and came around to score against RailCats starting pitcher Alain Quijano. Brandon Jones, Trey Ford and Chris Valencia had RBI singles and KC Serna ripped a two-run triple to give the Sox a 6-1 lead.

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“Breakfast with Robbie” Touches on Upcoming Camp, LeBron James, the Road to the NBA and More

interview-robbie-blackbird-3What do you do when a big-time basketball star comes back to his hometown? You have breakfast and talk hoops, of course.

ValpoLife.com teamed up with Blackbird Cafe to host a “Basketball Breakfast with Robbie” event on Monday morning, starting out many folks’ week with a light-hearted conversation about Robbie’s recent season playing in Spain, his upcoming basketball camp this June and his future going forward into what will be a big summer for the young man.

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Diablos Rally; Take Series Finale on Walk-Off Double

logoThe Diablos came back from a four-run deficit to beat the RailCats 6-5 on a walk-off double by first baseman Jonathan Cisneros in the ninth inning on Sunday night. The first-place RailCats (10-6) took two of three in the series.

Brian Joynt led off the ninth with a single on the first pitch he saw from RailCats’ reliever Marco Gonzalez (0-1). Cisneros worked the count full before hitting a high chopper over the head of Gary first baseman Steve Liddle and down the right field line. Joynt was running on the pitch and came home with the winning run.

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Ronick's Gem Propels RailCats to 6-3 Win

logoAri Ronick threw a gem on Friday night, holding El Paso to one run in seven innings as the RailCats took the series opener from the Diablos by a score of 6-3. The RailCats (9-5) remain tied for first place in the American Association Central with Wichita. They have now won all five of their series openers this season.

The RailCats grabbed the lead in the first inning thanks to sloppy defense from El Paso. Adam Klein led off with an infield hit and stole second. Mike Massaro then reached on a two-base error on the first baseman, allowing Klein to score. Massaro moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder by Cristian Guerrero, with Guerrero reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman.

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RailCats sign Ryan Miller, activate Ronick from DL

logoThe RailCats signed former Wheaton College infielder Ryan Miller and reinstated left-handed pitcher Ari Ronick from the disabled list on Friday. In a corresponding move, the team placed infielder Danny Pulfer and pitcher Estevan Uriegas on the disabled list.

Miller hit .383 in his senior year with the Thunder with one home run, 18 RBI, 13 doubles, three triples and 16 stolen bases on his way to being named First-Team All-CCIW. For his career, Miller finished at the top of the career ranks in at bats (621), runs scored (174), assists (453), and triples (11). Ryan also ranks second in hits (225), doubles (46), and stolen bases (50). His .362 batting average is fourth best in Wheaton College history. Ryan also had a brief stint with the Copper State Prospecters of the Freedom Baseball League, where he had one hit in six at-bats.

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