Railcats Rally Late to Top Birds 3-2
PHOTO COURTESY: Ryan Alexander Photography
GARY, IN — Starter Kris Regas threw seven scoreless innings, but the Gary Railcats rallied late to top the Birds 3-2 on Thursday night.
Regas had himself a day on Thursday. He pitched seven masterful, scoreless innings, throwing 109 pitches, 64 for strikes, scattering six hits and struck out eight.
Regas and Gary reliever Travis McGee, who came in to start the second, matched each other stride for stride through seven full innings, as both offenses couldn’t get anything going.
The Cats turned to their bullpen again in the eighth inning, bringing in veteran lefty Moises Melendez. B.J. Guinn and Aaron Owen greeted Melendez rudely, hitting back-to-back solo homers to kick off the eighth, giving the Birds a late 2-0 advantage.
Gary responded in a big way in the eighth. Chase Harris led off with a walk. Reggie Wilson then hit a towering double to the gap allowing Harris to score all the way from first. Anthony Cheky drove in Wilson with a double of his own, tying the game at two. Cheky advanced to third on a Frank Martinez groundout, then came home to score on an error, giving the Cats a late 3-2 lead.
The Canaries did their best to tie up the game in the top of the ninth. Jake Taylor reached with a lead off single, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Taylor moved up to third on a flyout, but Owen struck out to end the game.
The Canaries are back at The Birdcage this weekend as they welcome the Lincoln Saltdogs for the first and only time this season. This weekend is Fan Appreciation Weekend at Sioux Falls Stadium. The series gets underway on Friday night with Girl Scout Nights night, present by Girl Scouts, Dakota Horizons. Friday night will also be the final time fans will get to witness the amazing All-Star Fireworks Display, presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital and the Orthopedic Institute. Saturday night is Fan Appreciation Night at The Birdcage. Make plans to come out for the final Pre-Game Tailgate Party of the 2016 season. Festivities get underway at 4:00 p.m., with yard games, music and a whole lot more. The series wraps up on Sunday afternoon with the final Sunday Family Funday of the 2016 season. It will also be Faith and Family Day at The Birdcage. Local churches will be on hand to celebrate the day. Fans will hear testimonials from Canaires players and coaches along with other faith related activities throughout the game. Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.