07/06/2018 8:54 PM -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2018
Sioux Falls, S.D. — The Gary SouthShore RailCats dropped their season-high-tying third straight contest after getting shutout by the Sioux Falls Canaries, 1-0, in the first game of the year between the two teams on Friday night at Sioux Falls Stadium. The RailCats never had a baserunner reach third base on the evening and have now been shutout five times. Friday’s game was also just 2 hours and eight minutes, the shortest 9-inning game all season.
Left-handed starters Cesilio Pimentel and Jeff McKenzie gave all 4,012 in attendance a show with one heck of a pitcher’s duel. Pimentel (3-1) took a no-hitter in to the seventh, retired 16 in a row at one point, and yielded just four hits, a walk and struck out seven over eight scoreless innings in his third win of the year. Pimentel also lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.36 with Friday’s performance.
McKenzie (2-5) was charged with his season-high fifth straight loss despite allowing just one run for the second consecutive time. The second year RailCat allowed just five hits, a walk and struck out two in 5.2 innings. The El Dorado Hills, Calif., native retired the first six he faced, 10 of the first 11 batters and didn’t allow a single extra-base hit for the first time all year.
Sioux Falls (18-26) scored the only run of the night on Jordan Dean’s two-out RBI single in the fifth. Maxx Garrett drew a four-pitch walk to leadoff the frame before former RailCat Mitch Glasser moved Garrett up to second with a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Dean poked an RBI single to left, bringing home Garrett for the only run of the night.
Andy De Jesus broke up Pimentel’s no-hitter with a leadoff single to center in the top of the seventh. Gary (23-22) brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the ninth, however, Sioux Falls closer Kyle Schepel (3) got Colin Willis to bounce in to a 5-4-3 game-ending double play for the save.
Myles Smith faced the minimum in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for Gary. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out two.
The RailCats and Canaries continue their three-game series on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. RHP Gabe Perez (1-0, 4.19) makes his second start for Gary and opposes Sioux Falls RHP Dylan Thompson (4-3, 3.81) in the middle game of the series.
Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard for a three-game homestand beginning on Monday, July 9th for the Texas AirHogs. Monday’s game is another All You Can Night and MetroPCS Monday. Fans can purchase the AYCE hot dogs, popcorn and peanuts $10 wristbands at the box office before and during the game.
Jared Shlensky and Brennan Mense bring you all 100 RailCats game this season on WEFM (95.9 FM) and online at railcatsbaseball.com. Ticket packages for the 2018 Gary SouthShore RailCats season are available online at railcatsbaseball.com 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.
A day at U.S. Steel Yard is non-stop fun, and that's even without the baseball! The RailCats promise a wide array of laugh-out-loud between inning entertainment, great giveaways, jaw-dropping fireworks and a family-first, kid-friendly atmosphere! RailCats fans come in all ages, shapes, and sizes, and the RailCats promise every fan will have fun.
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