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RailCats left stranded in 4-1 loss to Fargo

Updated: August 15, 2013 7:07AM



GARY — The RailCats left runners at third base in three different innings and loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before falling to Fargo-Moorhead 4-1 on Saturday at U.S. Steel Yard in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 5,298.

Brian Ernst went 52/3 innings for the win and Danny Gutierrez pitched himself out of the bases loaded jam to earn his first save.

“Alain (Quijano) pitched well tonight and Billy (Spottiswood) last night as well but you can’t wait until the ninth inning to mount a threat,” said RailCats manager Greg Tagert.

“We got good pitching again tonight but we aren’t doing our part offensively or defensively. We have balls falling in the outfield and balls going to the backstop past our catchers, they don’t show up on the error board but we need and explanation why it is happening.”

The Redhawks (32-22) jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the first. Zach Penprase led off the game with a single and came home on C.J. Retherford’s double.

The RailCats threatened in the bottom of the first as the first three men reached base, but Adam Klein was thrown out at third on a double steal and Ernst was able to pitch out of the jam. The RailCats (32-21) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Klein reached again on a walk and was doubled in by Mike Massaro.

The top of the fourth became eventful when a groundball down the first base line was ruled fair and called ground-rule double causing manager Greg Tagert to argue the call and get ejected.

It gave the Redhawks second and third with one out but Quijano pitched out of the jam. The Redhawks took the lead back in the top of the sixth 2-1. Nic Johnson doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Retherford’s sacrifice fly, his second RBI of the game. Fargo added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

Tim Alberts led off the inning with a triple that just missed leaving the yard and was driven in on a Ronnie Bourquin single. The duo of Alberts and Bourquin struck again as Alberts once again led off the top of the ninth with a triple and scored on Bourquin’s sacrifice fly, making it 4-1 and ending Quijano’s night. Quijano went 82/3 innings, giving up four runs and 10 hits and fell to 8-3 on the season.



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