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Inside the Railcats

Updated: July 10, 2013 6:55AM



Good, but …

The RailCats went 3-3 at El Paso and Amarillo, a marked improvement over their brutal — both on and off the field — 1-5 road trip to Texas last season. But this season’s could have been better, as they blew four-run leads in two of the losses — the series finale against the Diablos when they had a chance to sweep and in the last game of the trip against the Sox in the rubber game of that series.

“The trip wasn’t quite as successful as we wanted it to be,” manager Greg Tagert said. “We have to do a little better when we have the lead. … It’s somewhat of a continuing trend. I don’t want to call it a trait of the club, but we’ve had some games where we’ve had some leads and just have not played well with a lead. We’ve played well when we’re behind, tight games, one-run games. But for whatever reason — I hope it’s not because we relax. There are a lot of new players, they’re playing under me for the first time, I never want to give them the impression that the manager — that doesn’t mean not to play with confidence, but you don’t want to have a letdown.”

Making the grade

After playing at Amarillo on Wednesday night, the RailCats arrived home at 4 p.m. on Thursday, in time for Tagert to attend his daughter’s 7 p.m. graduation from Chesterton High. Elaine is Greg and wife Mary’s youngest child.

“My daughter was happy, so I’m back in her good graces,” Greg Tagert said with a laugh.

Cats sign former first-rounder

The RailCats signed a former Major League first-round pick in left-handed pitcher James Adkins on Saturday. They also placed right-handed starter Stephen Hiscock on the inactive list retroactive to May 28.

Dog day(s)

Sunday at the Steel Yard is “Bark in the Park,” with dogs (with valid shots) entering the game against Sioux Falls for free.

There will be a pregame beauty pageant, with categories for biggest dog, smallest, furriest and best costume. Winners will be brought on the field throughout the game and recognized.

Other events during the game will include a silent auction with such items available as White Sox tickets, and contributions from Black Pearl Dog Bakery, Dogtopia, Hanover Veterinary Hospital, LUV for Animals Pet Sitting, Dog Training & Pet Boutique, Terry’s Aquarium & Pet Center, Canine Country Club, Woof Luxury Unleashed and Smith Animal Clinic.

Nine animal rescue and adoption agencies will be in attendance with puppies and kittens available for adoption. There will be photo sessions with Fotos 4 Fido, and one can get an imprint of his or her dog’s paw with Pipers Paw-O-Graphs. Smoochie Pooch will be available for nail trimmings, and Scentsy will also have scented candles for sale. Also, dogs can cool off in pools in right field.

All proceeds from “Bark in the Park” will go to the nine local rescues and shelters in attendance.



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