Quebec starter stifles RailCats
By Michael Osipoff firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2485 June 11, 2013 11:26PM
Updated: July 15, 2013 6:43PM
GARY — Quick-working Quebec starter Bryan Rembisz baffled the RailCats on Tuesday night, pitching the Capitales to a 3-1 win at the Steel Yard.
The 5-foot-8 right-hander was outstanding over 81/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. He had given up two runs (one earned) in seven innings in Quebec’s 4-2 win over the RailCats last July 16.
“The tough thing of tonight, some of our guys have seen him,” RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. “You either have to tip your hat to Rembisz, but we have to compete better offensively.”
The RailCats (12-12) tied the score at 1-1 when Craig Maddox started the second with an opposite-field homer, just their third long ball of the season and first by someone other than Cristian Guerrero. But that was all they could muster against the Capitales (16-8).
“We didn’t get much accomplished offensively,” Tagert said. “We did exactly what Rembisz wanted us to do, chasing first pitches, very uncharacteristic of our club. Give him credit, but we were a little out of our element.
“Maybe it was one of those things where having seen him didn’t help us as much as I thought it would, because our guys took a little different approach.”
No. 2 hitter Mike Massaro had reached base in each of the team’s first 23 games, and leadoff man Adam Klein had reached in 20 straight games; each outfielder’s streak ended on Tuesday, as both went 0-for-4.
“When our two guys at the top of the lineup don’t get on, it really affects the rest of the crew,” Tagert said.
Quebec snapped the 1-1 tie in the fourth with a two-out, two-run single from Jeff Helps off Will Krout, who allowed the three runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
Notes: The RailCats lost for the first time when holding an opponent to three runs or fewer, falling to 9-1.
… Alain Quijano (3-2, 5.08 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday night’s series final against Quebec right-hander Charles Rosario (0-0, 0.00 ERA).