PRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats capped off the highest-attended weekend of baseball in Northwest Indiana with a new single-game record crowd of 8,208 on hand to enjoy a night of family fun and baseball as the RailCats fell to the St. Paul Saints 7-4 Sunday afternoon.
With an attendance of 8,208, the RailCats, thanks to UAW Local 551 and the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, made franchise history Sunday by breaking the single-game record of 7,732 fans which lasted all of one day, when UAW Local 588 and the Ford Chicago Stamping Plant visited Northwest Indiana for Saturday’s contest. The 21,956 fans in attendance at U. S. Steel Yard over the weekend demolished the old record of 16,496 set the weekend of August 22-24 back in 2008.
The RailCats struck first grabbing a run in the third to take a 1-0 lead. Chris Carrara singled to start the frame and scored on a Mike Massaro double. However, St. Paul answered in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer off the bat of Ronnie Bourquin to take a 2-1 advantage. The ‘Cats were up to the task as well tying the game in the home half of the fourth when Toddric Johnson tripled home Mike Rohde.
St. Paul took the lead for good with single tallies in the fifth and sixth on an Adam Frost RBI-triple and a Richard Mercado RBI-single respectively. Nonetheless, the RailCats kept the score close with outstanding defense in the early going, turning three double plays and cutting down two runners at the plate before the Saints pulled away in the middle innings. Johnson threw out a runner at the plate to keep the Saints off the board in the first and Massaro completed one of the double plays, when he threw out Frost when the Saints second baseman attempted to score on a shallow fly ball to center.
The Saints put the game out of reach with three runs in the seventh off RailCats reliever Nolan Nicholson. A run scoring double by Aharon Eggleston, a Ryan Patterson RBI-single and a RBI-triple off the bat of Ole Sheldon did the damage for the visitors in the inning.
The ‘Cats made it interesting in the ninth when Chris Carrara led off with a single and Adam Klein belted the second homer of his professional career to right field cutting the lead to 7-4, but Tyler Walker came in and shut down any hopes of a comeback.
The RailCats and Saints are once again tied in the American Association Wild Card standings with just two games to play in the regular season. LHP Trent Lare (4-5, 5-84) gets the ball for the RailCats and the lefty will be opposed by the Saints RHP Alberto Rolon (9-4, 4.33) for a scheduled 7:10 p.m. first pitch Monday evening at U. S. Steel Yard.
Come on out to U. S. Steel Yard on Monday, August 28 to celebrate Michael Jackson Night on Dollar Monday presented by Niemi Associates featuring hot dogs, pop, popcorn, programs and more and best of all, when you buy one ticket at regular price, get the second for just a buck! Call the ‘Cats at 219.882.2255 or visit www.railcatsbaseball.com to grab tickets for all the action and excitement of RailCats Baseball!