07/09/2005 8:20 PM - Click here to view the box score.
For the second consecutive night, the Gary Southshore RailCats engineered a last at-bat win against the Kansas City T-Bones, with Eric McNamee's single to right against Jonathan Krysa bringing home the winning run in a 2-1 decision at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, IN. With the St. Paul Saints' 13-9 win over Lincoln, the T-Bones are eliminated from the first half race.
David Viane was stellar on the mound for the T-Bones, not allowing a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning and allowing just two hits in a career-long 7 1/3 innings. But the T-Bones could only muster one run, a fourth-inning single to center by Greg Jacobs that scored Mike Brown, who had doubled.
Viane walked Curt Lee to start the bottom of the eighth inning and one batter later gave way to Krysa (L, 2-7), making his third relief appearance of the season. Krysa allowed a game-tying double to Steve Haake in the bottom of the eighth inning before working his way out of the inning.
Three RailCat pitchers - Jamie Bennett, Greg Bruso and Derek Lopez - scattered six hits in the game and were helped by solid defense that turned three double plays in the contest. Lopez, who worked a scoreless ninth inning, earned his third win of the season in as many decisions.
Before the game, the T-Bones signed infielder Rafael Rodriguez, who batted ninth and was the designated hitter in the game. Rodriguez was 0-for-3 in the game. The T-Bones also announced that outfielder Rick Prieto has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 3.
St. Paul now leads the T-Bones and RailCats by 1 1/2 games with one to play, so they have clinched the South Division first-half title.
Tomorrow's game, a 2:00 start, pits Gary's Quintin Oldenburg, who comes into the game with an 8-2 record, against T-Bone Greg Bicknell, who is 8-1. The game may be heard on KCKN 1340 AM or on www.tbonesbaseball.com.