07/31/2018 9:18 PM -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2018
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Six shutout innings from Keaton Steele, three combined scoreless innings of relief from Quinn DiPasquale and Adam Quintana, and three hits from Tillman Pugh guided the Gary SouthShore RailCats to their season-high-tying eighth straight victory and a 4-0 shutout over the Texas AirHogs on Tuesday night. Gary scored three of their four runs with two outs and limited Texas to just two baserunners reaching third base on the evening.
Steele (3-2) retired 13 in a row at one point, and yielded just four hits, a walk and struck out a pair in a season-high six innings in his third start. DiPasquale retired four of the six batters he faced while Quintana retired the final five hitters of the game, three via strikeouts, in 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Gary (40-27) scored first for the 13th time in their 14 games in the top of the second to take an early 1-0 lead. Colin Willis recorded the RailCats first hit and extended his season-high on-base streak to 20 games with a leadoff single to right. After Ronnie Mitchell flied out to right, Andy Paz pulled a double over the left field wall on a hop, giving the ‘Cats a pair of runners in scoring position on the ground-rule double. Reggie Wilson followed Paz with an RBI groundout to first, bringing home Willis from third for the first run of the series.
The RailCats doubled their lead with another run in the fourth. Paz reached base with a two-out single to right before Wilson drew his first of two walks on the night, giving Gary runners on first and second. Andy De Jesus then made it 2-0 with an RBI double to center, scoring Paz from second.
Gary added their final two runs on Pugh’s two-out, two-run home run to left in the seventh. Cole Fabio drew a one-out walk before Pugh blasted his second home run of this Texas road and fourth of the season with a two-run home run on to the concourse in left.
Weiqiang Meng (4-6) was charged with the loss for Texas (18-49) in his second start against Gary. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out five over 6.2 innings.
Gary concludes their six-day, seven-game road trip against the Texas AirHogs on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Jeff McKenzie (4-6, 4.68) makes his second consecutive start and 13th of the year for the RailCats while the AirHogs counter with RHP Miguel Rosario (4-5, 4.57).
Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard on Friday, August 3rd for a six-game homestand. Friday’s game vs. the Wichita Wingnuts is Scout Night, Faith and Family Night and a Fifth Third Bank Fireworks Friday.
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.
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