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RailCats offense stymied for second straight night in 5-1 loss to Explorers

06/16/2018 8:23 PM -

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Contact: Jared Shlensky

Gary, Ind. — Six hits from the Gary offense and five runs in the first three innings from Sioux City was too much to overcome as the RailCats fell to the Explorers, 5-1, on Saturday night. The Gary offense has now struck out 25 times and are 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position through the first two games of the series following Saturday’s defeat.

Sioux City (22-7) took the opening lead of the series for the second consecutive night with a pair of runs in the second. Dexture McCall made it 1-0 with an RBI double down the left field line before Dylan Kelly brought home McCall with an RBI single down the right field line, doubling the X’s lead.

The Explorers tacked on three more runs in the third to go up 5-0. Jay Baum extended the Sioux City lead to four with a two-run double down the left field line before Sermo delivered an RBI single to right-center, brining around Baum from second.

Gary (15-12) trimmed the Sioux City lead to 5-1 with their only run in the fourth. A single from Randy Santiesteban to left followed by a hustle-double to right-center from Mitch Glasser gave the ‘Cats runners on second and third. Colin Willis then brought in Santiesteban with an RBI groundout to the right side of the infield.

Lars Liguori (1-3) was charged with the loss in his first start against his former team. The southpaw allowed five runs over 6.1 innings on eight hits and a walk, however, struck out two and retired 11 in a row at one point. Brendan Jenkins retired five of the six batters he faced over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief in his professional baseball debut after signing with the RailCats before Saturday’s game while Gabe Perez struck out a pair in a perfect top of the ninth.

Justin Vernia (3-1) recorded the win after allowing just one run in seven innings pitched for X’s. The 22-year-old yielded five hits, walked none and struck out a career-high nine.

Gary and Sioux City conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. LHP Jeff McKenzie (2-0, 3.99) opposes RHP Luis Mateo (3-2, 6.25) in the series finale.

Sunday’s game is another Sunday FunDay, Times Family Sunday and features Kids Run the Bases and a Pre-Game Catch on the Field, presented by Dr. Geissler’s Hearing Center. Sunday’s series finale is also Father’s Day (Dads get in for free with a Kid’s ticket purchase), a NorthShore Health Centers Health Fair and Portage and Chesterton Community Night, presented by Fifth Third Bank. Sunday FunDay includes $5 select cocktails while the Times Family Sunday special includes $10 tickets for two adults and up to four kids in NWI Times paper and social media.

Jared Shlensky and Brennan Mense bring you all 100 RailCats game this season on WEFM (95.9 FM) and online at Ticket packages for the 2018 Gary SouthShore RailCats season are available online at and can also be purchased by calling the RailCats ticket line at (219) 882-BALL. The RailCats box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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