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Massaro Reaches 500 Hits; 'Cats Rally to Beat Saints 7-4
GARY, Ind. – Mike Massaro became the second player in franchise history to reach 500 hits as a RailCat and capped a four-run rally in the eighth inning in the RailCats’ 7-4 win over the St. Paul Saints on Friday night. The 'Cats took three of four in the series, moving to 49-48 on the season in front of a season-high crowd of 5,812 at U. S. Steel Yard.
The Saints scored an unearned run in the first inning off of RailCats starter Jon Gulbransen to jump ahead early. Joe Spiers reached on a fielding error by Cooper and stole second. Ole Sheldon hit a two-out double off the wall in left to score Spiers and give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
St. Paul added a controversial run in the sixth against RailCats reliever Nolan Nicholson. With the bases loaded and two out, Jim Rapoport hit a slow roller down the first base line. Nicholson picked it up and attempted to tag Rapoport on his way by, but Rapoport was ruled safe at first as Willie Cabrera scored to make it 2-0.
Gulbransen allowed an unearned run on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three. He did not factor in the decision. Marshall Schuler got the win in relief, moving to 2-3 on the season.
The RailCats finally got to Saints starter Anthony Claggett in the sixth. Massaro and Brian Kolb singled before Maddox crushed a three-run homer to right, his fifth of the year, to put the 'Cats in front 3-2.
The Saints came back to tie it in the seventh on another unearned run. Spiers was hit by RailCats reliever Andrew Johnston and then moved to second base on Adam Frost's single. Sheldon hit a grounder to short that looked like it would be a double-play, but Chase Tucker's throwing error allowed Spiers to score and tie the game 3-3.