July 8, 2022
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Dogs Dispatch RailCats Through Timely Two-Out Hitting 

Gary, IN – The Gary SouthShore RailCats could not keep pace with the surging Chicago Dogs as their two-out hitting prowess launched them to an 8-3 win. 

Of their eight runs tonight, five came with two outs, which was more than enough for their pitching to carry them the rest of the way. 

It did not take too long for the Dogs to find their stride offensively as they struck for their first three runs in the top of the third inning.  After two pop outs kicked off the frame, a walk and Ryan Lidge home run put them ahead 2-0.  Two pitches later, K.C. Hobson blasted a ball over the right-field wall to add another run to their total. 

One inning later, the RailCats rallied back to pull within a single tally.  Victor Nova launched a one-out solo blast, his first home run at The Steel Yard, to get the ‘Cats on the board. Jesus Marriaga followed up with a single and immediately stole second base, allowing Michael Cruz to drive him in on a base hit of his own. 

In front by just one run going into the fifth, the Dogs wasted little time restoring their advantage.  An error and a double made it a 4-2 ballgame, and a base on balls placed runners on first and second base.  A groundout moved them both up 90 feet before two consecutive singles plated two more runs, moving Chicago’s edge to four runs. 

As runners stood on the corners, manager Lamarr Rogers called upon reliever Josh Vincent to bail them out of trouble.  He proceeded to strike out the first two batters he faced on seven combined pitches to alleviate the threat and keep the ‘Cats within reach. 

Right away, the RailCats struck right back.  Nate Scantlin crushed a solo home run into the Chicago bullpen, his first on the South Shore, to decrease Gary SouthShore’s deficit to three.  

Following a scoreless sixth, Chicago called upon their two-out hitting once again to pad their lead in the seventh.  Two walks set Dogs on first and second with two away, but Grant Kay’s single brought home the team’s seventh run.  As they moved their baserunners to the corners, a delayed steal manufactured another score, boosting them forward by five. 

Two base hits in the top of the eighth had the Dogs threatening for more, but Jared Price emerged from the Gary SouthShore bullpen to shut down a late rally.  He struck out both batters he faced to get the RailCats out of the inning and worked a perfect ninth to hold Chicago’s lineup in check. 

However, Price’s strong relief outing could not spark the RailCats to a ninth-inning comeback, Chicago’s own bullpen finished off a series-opening win. 

The RailCats head back to The Steel Yard to face the Dogs at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow for game two of this three-game series.  All the action will be streamed on, 95.9 WEFM, and the Gary SouthShore RailCats Broadcast Network through the Mixlr app.