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Balk Helps RailCats Top T-Bones

logoA balk by T-Bones pitcher Jose Jimenez in the eighth inning brought home the go-ahead run in the RailCats 6-5 win over Kansas City on Friday night.

With the game tied at five, Ryan Babineau started the inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and to third on a groundout. With Danny Pulfer batting, Jimenez was called for a balk that allowed Babineau to score, giving the RailCats a 6-5 lead.

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Big First Inning Leads to 5-1 Loss

logoWichita scored four runs in the first inning and their starter Chris Smith held the RailCats to a run in seven innings as the Wingnuts beat the RailCats 5-1 on Wednesday. The RailCats (4-3) played in front of a season-high Kids Day crowd of 5,575 at U. S. Steel Yard.

Stephen Hiscock allowed runs in the first inning for the second time in as many starts this season. With two on and nobody out in the inning, John Rodriguez ripped a base hit into right field to score Ryan Khoury from second. American Association home run leader CJ Ziegler followed by smashing his fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot, that gave Wichita a 4-0 lead after the top of the first.

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RailCats Trade for Pitcher Mike Hanley

logoThe RailCats announced that they have received left-handed pitcher Mike Hanley from the Florence Freedom (Frontier League) in exchange for future considerations. In a corresponding move, the club placed infielder Aljay Davis on irrevocable waivers.

Hanley, 25, was in his third season with the Freedom. In his career, he is 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. Hanley was 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA in 2012 and had a 2.57 ERA as a rookie in 2011. Hanley allowed one run in one inning in his lone appearance for the Freedom this season.

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RailCats Take Series on Controversial Play

logoA controversial call in the fourth inning was ruled a double for Drew Martinez that plated the RailCats’ only runs in a 2-1 win over Wichita on Tuesday morning. The RailCats have won three straight and have taken the first two games of the three-game series with Wichita.

CJ Ziegler led off the fourth inning with a solo homer to left off of RailCats starter Ari Ronick, his fourth of the season, to give Wichita a 1-0 lead.

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Quijano Dominant in 5-1 Win in Series Opener

quijanoRailCats starter Alain Quijano was brilliant in six shutout innings to lead the RailCats to a 5-1 win over Wichita on Monday night at U. S. Steel Yard.

Quijano (1-0) scattered five hits, walked none and struck out three in an excellent turnaround after his Opening Night start, in which he allowed seven runs in 4 ⅓ innings.

Gary scored the game’s first run for just the second time this year when Cristian Guerrero scorched a double down the left field line to score Mike Massaro in the bottom of the first.

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RailCats Earn Series Split on Ninth Inning Error

logoThe RailCats and Saltdogs continued their trend of playing drama-filled baseball, as Adam Klein reached on a bases-loaded error in the ninth to push across the winning run in the RailCats 6-5 win over Lincoln on Sunday at U. S. Steel Yard. The RailCats split their season-opening four-game series with the Saltdogs.

The ‘Cats loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth and the game tied at five. Saltdogs reliever Conor Spink walked Steve Liddle and Danny Pulfer, then hit Drew Martinez with a pitch. Spink recovered to strikeout Zac Mitchell and got Chase Tucker to ground into a fielder’s choice, in which Spink threw home to force out Liddle. With two out, Klein sent a routine grounder to shortstop Brad Payne. Payne bobbled it, then tried to flip to second base for the force but threw it away as Pulfer crossed the plate with the winning run.

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Raben's Eighth Inning Double Defeats RailCats

logoLincoln’s Dennis Raben hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to send the Saltdogs to a 4-3 win over the RailCats on Saturday night at U. S. Steel Yard. The Saltdogs have a 2-1 lead in the series going into Sunday’s series finale.

RailCats reliever Estevan Uriegas began the inning with a strikeout of Dan Carroll; however, the pitch was in the dirt and Carroll reached on a throwing error by catcher Ryan Babineau. Marco Gonzalez came on in relief with one out and walked the first hitter he faced then got Ian Gac to fly out to right field for the second out. Raben worked the count to 3-2 then lined a double into the alley in right center. It was Raben’s third hit of the night and his seventh and eighth RBI in the series.

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