In third game back, Ryan Babineau’s home run propels RailCats
By Michael Osipoff email@example.com or 713-2485 June 20, 2013 11:06PM
Railcats Drew Martinez connects for a base hit against the St. Paul Saints in the fourth inning during their game held at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary on Thursday June 20, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 22, 2013 7:08PM
GARY — After missing 15 games with a groin injury, Ryan Babineau still isn’t quite 100 percent. He still can’t quite run full bore on the basepaths.
He didn’t have to worry about such things on his home run that propelled the RailCats to a 10-4 win over Saint Paul on Thursday night at the Steel Yard.
In his third game back behind the plate, Babineau’s three-run blast off the net in left in the sixth inning snapped a 4-4 tie, helping the RailCats (17-15) begin an 11-game homestand — the longest in franchise history — on a winning note. It was the team’s fifth homer of the season, and the first by someone other than Cristian Guerrero or Craig Maddox (two each).
“When you’re out for a couple weeks, it’s rewarding to get out there and make something happen,” Babineau said.
“It’s one of those things where you’re looking for a pitch up in the zone, see it and react.”
The RailCats activated Babineau from the disabled list on Saturday, and he returned on Monday. Greg Tagert knew Babineau wouldn’t be ready to play on Saturday, but put him on the active roster early for the catcher’s “mental being,” after the lengthy rehab process.
“I couldn’t feel better for Ryan Babineau,” Tagert said.
The RailCats broke open the game with three additional runs in the sixth, on a run-scoring single from Drew Martinez and a two-run single from Zac Mitchell.
The RailCats had grabbed a 4-3 lead with three runs (two earned) in the fourth. And they did it in more typical fashion — yes, a RailCatting, if you will — with four singles (two of the infield variety), two Saint Paul errors and a passed ball. Mike Massaro collected the only RBI of the inning, with a single up the middle for the go-ahead run, after the first two runs had scored on an error and passed ball, respectively.
The Saints (17-16) tied the score at 4-4 in the fifth on Brandon Tripp’s sacrifice fly to plate Joey Becker, who had started the inning with a double.
Saint Paul had broken a 1-1 tie in the third on Willie Cabrera’s two-run single, as the Saints had two hits and two walks in the inning.
The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the first, as former RailCats second baseman Brad Boyer singled home Becker, who had doubled with one out. The RailCats answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.
“Everybody did a little bit tonight,” Tagert said. “We were able to take advantage of a couple mistakes.”
Notes: With Will Krout (shoulder) on the disabled list, James Adkins (0-0, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to start on Friday night for the RailCats against Saint Paul, after seven appearances with the team out of the bullpen. The Saints are slated to counter with right-hander Luke Anderson (1-2, 7.00). … Krout felt a twinge in his start on Monday at Wichita; he is expected to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and if all goes well, the RailCats are hoping he takes his next turn in the rotation. … The RailCats went 10-5 last season against Saint Paul, including 6-2 at home. … Wes Roemer, the Saints’ starter on Thursday, allowed one run on five hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk against the RailCats last May 18 in Saint Paul; he received a no-decision in the Saints’ 3-2 win.