08/05/2003 9:26 AM - Gary catcher Rene Pinto hit two home runs and drove in four to lead Gary to an 11-7 victory over the T-Bones Tuesday night. Designated hitter Tim Flaherty chimed in with four RBIs of his own along with his league lead tying twelfth home run of the season.
Pintos second home run of the night came in the top of the ninth inning off of Jason Davis. He hit a line drive that sent right fielder Chris LePine hustling towards the wall. LePine reached up to catch the ball, but instead went tumbling over the four foot wall. The ball fell for a home run and LePine lay on the ground for several minutes. He would leave the game. It was the second time this season that a T-Bones right fielder flipped over the wall in an effort to catch a home run. Bao Vinh did the same thing earlier this season.
The T-Bones got the scoring started early against Gary starter Dan Soria (2-8). After lead-off batter Chris LePine struck out, the T-Bones got four straight hitters to reach base, highlighted by Rodney Cliftons eighth home run of the season. That hit give Kansas City the early 4-0 lead. Soria would settle down after the first inning as he allowed only one more run in five innings of work. The win was his first since June 9 and broke a personal eight game losing streak.
With the lead 5-2 in the top of the third, the RailCats got to Kansas City starter Jon McDonald (1-4). McDonald gave up five runs on five hits in the third inning, including Flahertys three run home run that put Gary up for good 7-5.
After the T-Bones managed to scrape out two runs in the sixth inning to bring the score to 10-7, reliever Chris Andel shut down the T-Bones to earn his first save of the season. Between the sixth and ninth innings, Andel retired eleven straight batters before Eddie Pearson got his second hit of the evening on an infield single with one out in the ninth. Andel recovered quickly as he struck out his fifth batter of the evening in Rodney Clifton to cap the victory for the RailCats.
Thanks to Sioux Citys win over Fargo, the T-Bones remain just one and a half games back of first place. They look to gain ground and get back to their winning ways tomorrow in the second game of the series with Gary. Tony Bacci takes the mound looking for his fifth win of the season and will be faced by Tim Byrdak.