Tonight I went to Gary to see the Railcats take on the Saint Paul Saints. The Railcats were wearing throwback uniforms that were supposed to be from 1919. Well when I say throwback uniforms I mean jerseys. The pants were just a different color white. I was excited to get some pictures of these uniforms, but for some reason they just looked weird. Sometimes throwback uniforms don’t pan out. This may have been one of those times.
Adam Klein gave the Railcats a 2-0 lead after two innings tonight, and the Railcats held on to win 2-1. Klein doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning. He scored on a SAC fly by Lorenzo Scott to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. In the second inning Klein knocked in Mike Rohde with a single to give Gary a lead that they would not give up. Klein was 2-3 on the night with a walk, a run scored, and the RBI. That is pretty good production out of your lead off spot.
St. Paul threatened a few times, but never really could get anything together. They scored their lone run on a bomb by Brandon Tripp in the top of the seventh. You really thought that Gary needed to score more if they expected to win. Thankfully the pitching held up.
Scott Shaw pitched a very good game tonight. He allowed only the one run in seven innings to get the win. Shaw only allowed one hit going into the fifth, and that one should have been caught by Cristian Guerrero. Going into the game I expected him to have a rough outing based on his stats. He really pitched differently than in his first eight starts. Will Krout came in again and pitched very well. I have only seen him pitch a couple of times, but Krout has been lights out twice now that I have seen. He is a valuable asset out of the bullpen.
Matt Long started for the Saints. Matt was a second round draft pick out of Miami (OH) by the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He pitched last season in the Sox organization before being let go. This is his first season in Independent ball. He looked good except for the two early runs he gave up.
Travis Minix a local boy pitched the ninth inning for the save. Travis grew up just down the road, and went to South Central High School. He was acquired after the last homestand for Derrick Gordon. I have not had a chance to see him pitch yet so I was happy to see him get up to get ready. As he was warming up you could see that he was going to pitch the ninth. He struck out two in the ninth, but also let two men on base. It isn’t a save opportunity if it isn’t exciting. It was nice to see the local boy do well.
This was my sixth Railcat game this season, and the sixth time I have seen them win. I think we are getting close to that time that they put me on the payroll.