06/12/2021 12:30 AM
X’S RALLY LAST AND BEGIN ROAD TRIP WITH WIN
Five Run Seventh Inning Rally Wins It For Sioux City
Gary, IN (June 11, 2021) – Sioux City used a five run seventh inning to catapult themselves to a win over the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Friday night to start off the road trip with a 10-7 victory.
Sioux City got an RBI double from Nate Samson in the second inning to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Gary responded with a run scoring single in the third to tie it at one.
The first rally of the night came in the Sioux City fourth. With runners at second and third, Jared Walker brought one home with a single to right. Samson collected another RBI on a sacrifice fly to left. Walker then scored on a Joseph Monge double putting the X’s up 4-1.
Sioux City added a run in the fifth as Jose Sermo worked a two out walk, stole second and scored on another Walker RBI single to give the X’s a 5-1 lead.
However Gary came up with a big rally in the fifth to take the lead. After a one out double, Sioux City loaded the bases for the RailCats with a walk and an error. A hit batter scored a run and a MJ Rookard double cleared the bases and tied the game at five a piece. A Michael Woodworth sinking line drive that Chase Harris just couldn’t quite make a diving catch on led to a run scoring triple and an infield single with the infield in led to the final of six runs being scored in the frame for the Cats that ended up with them leading 7-5.
Patrick Ledet took a no decision as he gave up seven runs, six earned in 4.1 innings, he walked two and struck out three.
But the X’s refused to go away, they scored five times in the top of the seventh as LT Tolbert led off the inning with a single, three straight walks and a couple of wild pitches scored a run and set up bases loaded with the Cats holding onto a 7-6 lead. Nate Samson delivered RBI’s three and four of the night on a base hit to left to give Sioux City an 8-7 lead. Sebastian Zawada finished the rally with a two run double to give the X’s a 10-7 lead.
RailCats starter Trevor Lubking was taken out of the game after the lead off single. He took a no decision going 6.1 innings, allowing six runs, all earned on eight hits while striking out four and walking two.
It was reliever Greg Duncan (0-1) who was handed the loss. Duncan threw one inning allowing four runs on two hits while issuing four walks.
The X’s turned to the pen who was once again dominant. Max Kuhns (3-0) picked up the win as he went 1.2 innings, striking out three.
Danny Hrbek tossed a perfect seventh, Nate Gercken worked around a one out walk for a clean eighth and Matt Pobereyko (7) earned the save with a one, two, three ninth with a couple of punch outs.
Sioux City and Gary SouthShore will meet for the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 pm. The X’s will send RHP Joe Riley to the mound, he will be countered with RHP David Griffin.