Three hits enough for RailCats to pull off win over Fargo
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent July 14, 2013 11:29PM
GARY — The RailCats mustered only three hits off of Fargo-Moorhead pitchers on Sunday, but managed to claw out a 3-1 victory at U.S. Steel Yard.
Esvaldo Rodriguez, who made his first appearance for the Cats, picked up the win. The official move on Rodriguez was announced at 1:45 p.m., just 25 minutes prior to game time. Marco Gonzalez picked up his fourth save of the season.
“A much needed win,” said RailCats manager Greg Tagert. “I am really proud of the club; it was one of those games that it was important for us to play well. We are continuing to look for help on the offensive side but what a job by James Atkins in a spot start.”
The Redhawks (32-23) threatened in the top of the second after a lead-off single by C.J. Retherford and a one-out infield single by Tim Alberts gave the Redhawks men on first and third. But a running catch by Gary centerfielder Drew Martinez kept the game scoreless.
The Redhawks jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the third as they once again got a lead-off single from Buddy Sosnicke and he was driven in by a single from the hot hitting Nic Johnson.
Redhawks starter Taylor Stanten was cruising along until the bottom of the sixth. He carried a no-hitter into the inning, but two walks and a hit-by-pitch all came into score, giving the RailCats a 3-1 lead. Christian Vitters had a RBI single, the first hit of the game, followed by a RBI ground out by Cristian Guerrero and a Drew Martinez single.
The top of the eighth got a little scary for the RailCats (33-21) as reliever Ian Durham walked the first two men he faced in Mitch Einertson and Jackson. C.J. Retherford sacrificed them to second and third, but Durham struck out Keith Brachold and got Alberts to roll out to short with Vitters making a great scoop at first on a low throw for the third out.
“We made a decision at the end of the Sioux City road trip to move Danny (Pulfer) to second and play Vitters at first,” Tagert said. “A lot of guys tell you they can play first when they are looking for a job.”
In another roster move right before game time, the RailCats traded Chase Tucker to Windy City for a player to be named later.