The Gary SouthShore RailCats (39-30) were unable to complete the three-game sweep in the Lone Star State as the Texas AirHogs (26-42) took Tuesday’s tilt by a score of 5-1. This is the second consecutive series where the RailCats dropped the series finale in attempt of sweeping their opponent.
The AirHogs scored the opening run for the first time in the series with a run the bottom of the first. Alvaro Rondon led off with a single and advanced to second on a Casio Grider single. Alfonso stole third, his first of three stolen bases, and scored on Charley Thurber’s RBI groundout.
Texas added to its lead in the third when Jake Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Trevor Sealey. Thurber knocked in his second run of the ballgame when he hit a two-out RBI double to make the score 3-0.
The score stayed the same until the seventh when Texas started a rally by loading the bases with the first three batters in the inning. Ryne Willard singled, Sealey hit a ground-rule double, and Rondon walked. Grider doubled in both Willard and Sealey to make the score 5-0.
In the ninth inning, Gary’s offense finally pushed across a run. Randy Santiesteban led off the inning with a double before advancing to third and scoring on two wild pitches from Texas hurler Luis De La Cruz.
The RailCats offense scored only one run despite recording 11 hits in the ballgame. Despite taking the loss for Gary, Charle Rosario (8-5) recorded another quality start by allowing only three earned runs on six hits, walking one, and striking out seven in six innings of work.
Texas starter Jared Mortensen (4-1) pitched six shutout innings—including striking out ten batters—to earn the victory despite giving up seven hits and a walk.
Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard on Thursday, August 3rd for the start of a seven-game homestand. Thursday’s series opener vs. the reigning champion Winnipeg Goldeyes is at 7:10 p.m. and is Strike Out Stroke Night, courtesy of Methodist Hospitals. Right-hander Ayrton Costa (1-1, 6.54) gets the ball for Gary in the series opener while Winnipeg has yet to announce their starter.
Thursday’s game also features a Food Truck Rally and is another Gerber and Thirsty Thursday. Northwest Indiana’s best food trucks will be setup on the concourse during the game and remember to visit your local Northwest Indiana Gerber Collision & Glass for complimentary reserved seat tickets. And don’t forget about our special Miller Lite Thirsty Thursday with discount domestic drafts all around the ballpark!
Jared Shlensky and Austin Anderson bring you all 100 RailCats games this season on WEFM (95.9FM) and online at railcatsbaseball.com. Fans can purchase tickets for RailCats home games by calling (219) 882-BALL or online at railcatsbaseball.com. The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.