RailCats score eight runs in seventh to edge Fargo
staff and wire report June 16, 2013 11:00PM
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:48AM
FARGO, N.D. — The RailCats scored eight runs in the seventh inning and Mike Massaro hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth as Gary (14-13) overcame a six-run deficit to stun Fargo 14-11 in Sunday’s rubber match. The victory was the biggest come-from-behind win for the RailCats since August 15, 2010, when they rallied from eight runs down to beat Lake County at home.
With one out in the ninth, Adam Klein hit a liner to left that Buddy Sosnoskie tried to catch on a dive. It went past him and all the way to the wall for a triple. The next batter, Massaro laced a go-ahead RBI single to center, giving the RailCats a 12-11 lead. Later in the inning, Danny Pulfer drew a bases-loaded walk and Brian Kolb hit a sac fly to make it 14-11. Clay Zavada (2-1) pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings for the win.
Gary entered the seventh inning trailing 9-3 as reliever Pete Levitt took over on the mound for the RedHawks. After there was one out, the RailCats strung together six straight hits. Cristian Guerrero singled, Craig Maddox doubled and Pulfer hit a two-run single for his third hit of the game. Kolb doubled before Drew Martinez hit an infield single to drive in another run. Zac Mitchell followed with a two-run double to the gap in right to cut the lead to one.
Chase Tucker walked and with two out Massaro reached on an error on the first baseman to load the bases. Guerrero stepped up and hammered the first pitch to center field for a bases-clearing double, giving the RailCats the 11-9 lead and setting a franchise record for Guerrero. The three RBI made Guerrero the RailCats all-time career RBI leader with 277, passing Steve Haake’s mark of 275. Gary had eight runs on seven hits and sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning.