Rain cools off red-hot RailCats
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent June 28, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: July 30, 2013 8:52AM
GARY — The RailCats have been red-hot lately, winning 10 of their last 11 games.
About the only thing that seems to be able to slow them down is the weather, which is what happened Friday night as the series opener against the Winnipeg Goldeyes was postponed due to rain. The game is being rescheduled today as a doubleheader, with two 7 inning games beginning at 6:10 p.m.
“Ari (Ronick) was ready to pitch,” RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. “He warmed up for the 7:10 start and then he got back up and warmed up when it was announced that the game would start at 8:30. He will take his scheduled start tomorrow in the second game and Will (Krout) will start the first game.
“In my many years of managing that is probably the most helpless feeling you can have are these rain delays. Everyone wants to get the game in; the guys have to have the patience to wait for two hours because they really want to play.”
The RailCats’ current eight-game win streak is their longest since they won nine straight in July, 2011.
Adam Klein has walked in 12 straight games, reliever Clay Zavada has a team-high 11 inning scoreless streak, and Mike Massaro set the RailCats franchise record for runs scored and hits on Sunday against St. Paul. Adam Klein also broke the franchise record for walks in the same game. And, speaking of hot, Brian Kolb saw his 12-game hit streak end last night against Kansas City. Kolb was 19-for-49 (.387) with eight RBI and nine runs scored during the streak. Cristian Guerrero has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 game with 16 RBI.
Note: The RailCats were scheduled to honor four Merrillville High School students who were selected to play in the District 1 State All Star game next weekend: John Christian Burns IV, Jon Streck, Jose Luciano Gonzalez and Jon Feliciano. But the ceremony was rained out since the players were going to be introduced after the first inning.