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16-Inning Marathon Ends in 5-4 Victory
GARY, Ind. - The longest RailCats game ever played at U. S. Steel Yard ended on Brian Kolb's walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th, giving the 'Cats a 5-4 win over the Amarillo Sox in a game that carried into Thursday morning. The RailCats have now won six of their last eight and improve to 36-41.
The Sox answered against RailCats starter Will Krout in the fourth inning. Adam Buschini hit an RBI double, Tim Alberts followed with a run-scoring single and Van Pope hit an RBI single to tie the game at three.
Amarillo appeared to take the lead in the fifth, when Garrett Rau flew out and Derrick Pyles came home to score. However, Pyles was called out after the RailCats appealed that he left third early. He was called out and the game stayed tied at 3.
The RailCats saw scoring opportunities go to waste in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, as they had two on with one out in each inning but failed to score. The game reached extra innings and the Sox finally broke the tie in the 11th. Garrett Rau led off with a single against Nolan Nicholson and went to second on a wild pitch. On a sac bunt attempt by Adam Buschini, Nicholson threw to third but Rau was safe on a close and controversial call. Tim Alberts singled to right to score Rau and make it 4-3.
In the bottom of the inning, Zac Mitchell walked against Amarillo reliever Chase Johnson and moved to second on a sacrifice by Cooper. Klein hit an RBI single to bring home Mitchell and tie the game.