Fargo ends RailCats’ five-game winning streak
By Dennis Churilla Post-Tribune correspondent July 12, 2013 11:44PM
Fargo-Moorhead's Keith Brachold grounds it to Railcat's Danny Pulfer who fires it to 1st for the first out in the 2nd inning at the Steel Yard on Friday July 13, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 14, 2013 6:17AM
GARY — The Railcats had been feasting on Fargo-Morehead pitching in their four previous matchups this season. Not so Friday night. Batting a collective .336 coming into the game against the Redhawks, the Railcats managed just three runs on four hits in a 9-3 loss at the Steel Yard.
Fargo-Morehead starter Paul Burnside tossed a whopping 125 pitches in just 6.1 innings of work and he gave up four walks and hit a batsman. But he struck out five and got the Railcats to fly out nine times. When he did get into a jam, he kept the damage to a minimum.
The Railcats had won five in a row before Friday and they struck first in the second inning when Craig Maddox walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Drew Martinez. But they fell behind in the third inning, starting with a leadoff walk and followed by a hit batsman.
Railcats pitcher Billy Spottiswood induced a pair of outs before the Redhawks’ Mitch Einertson hit a ground ball right down the third base line that took a weird hop off the left field bleachers. The two runners scored and Einertson ended up on third base. He then scored on Nic Jackson’s infield hit, this one also down the third base line.
The Redhawks ended up loading the bases in the inning before Spottiswood struck out Tim Albers to end the threat.
The Railcats loaded the bases themselves in the bottom of the third inning on a hit and a pair of walks.
A sacrifice fly from Maddox pushed one run across, but Christian Vitter’s fly ball to deep center field was chased down by Jackson for the third out of the inning.
The Railcats’ only other run came in the seventh inning when Zac Mitchell was hit by a pitch and scored on Mike Massaro’s single.
Valparaiso native and Washington Township grad Josh Biggs made his debut with the Railcats, giving up one run in two-thirds of an inning of relief.
The left-handed pitcher out of the University of Evansville was signed Thursday when Morgan Coombs was placed on the disabled list with a back injury.