July 9, 2022
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RailCats Suffer Setback Versus Dogs 

Gary, IN – The Gary SouthShore RailCats were powerless to stop a surging Chicago Dogs offense as they fell to an 11-3 defeat in game two of the weekend series. 

Chicago got their offense going early and often as they plated multiple runs in all but one of the five innings in which they scored. 

The visitors went to work right away at the dish as they struck for a pair in their first turn at-bat.  A walk placed a runner on first for Ryan Lidge to double home on a fly ball that snuck its way down the left field line.  The next batter, K.C. Hobson, hit a single to bring Lidge in and put the Dogs ahead 2-0. 

Soon after, though, the RailCats halved Chicago’s early advantage.  Michael Woodworth and Victor Nova singled in back-to-back plate appearances to place runners on first and third, and Jesus Marriaga took advantage as his groundout chased Woodworth around and clawed their deficit down to one. 

Following Gary SouthShore’s first run, the Dogs fired back to add onto their lead.  Chicago responded by scoring twice in the top of the second inning with both runs coming on Grant Kay’s one-out double. 

The Dogs continued to pile on in the fourth, this time producing a trio of runs.  Following a hit-by-pitch, Michael Crouse took a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a two-run home run.  Kay continued the rally on his base hit, and Hobson doubled to score him, moving them in front 7-1. 

In the bottom of the inning, the RailCats fought back and generated a run of their own.  Victor Nova’s leadoff double and a groundout positioned him at third base, and Daniel Lingua came through and tallied him with a single, cutting Chicago’s advantage to 7-2. 

Both teams traded zeros in the fifth before the Dogs registered another three runs in the top of the sixth.  A hit-by-pitch, error, and walk loaded the bases with nobody out, and two consecutive groundouts recorded a pair of runs.  Stevie Wilkerson ripped a single to right field to cap off the scoring, and Chicago found themselves up 10-2. 

Once again, the RailCats responded to Chicago’s outburst with a run of their own.  Lingua singled, and Michael Cruz roped a double down the right field line to make it a 10-3 ballgame. 

Both teams failed to score in the seventh, but the Dogs returned to the run column in the eighth inning.  Crouse walked to start it off, and Kay sent him home on a double, delivering Chicago’s final run. 

From that point forward, neither club could muster any offense against the opposing bullpens, and the Dogs finished off their second consecutive win. 

The RailCats and Dogs play once more at The Steel Yard tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in each team’s final game before the All-Star Break.  All the action can be found on, 95.9 WEFM, and the Gary SouthShore RailCats Broadcast Network through the Mixlr app.