The Gary Southshore Railcats entered Friday night’s game against the St. Paul Saints with their backs up against the wall. They were down 2-0 in the best-of-five series but were able to extend their season with a 5-0 win over the St. Paul Saints.
It was the first postseason shutout for the RailCats since the 2013 season.
The Railcats got the scoring started early, as in the first inning D.K. Carey led off with a single to left field. He advanced to third on a single from Alex Crosby and scored when Tillman Pugh singled. Saints starting pitcher Jake Matthys was able to retire the next three batters to get out of the inning, but ran into more trouble in the second, as the RailCats put up two runs on three hits, including a leadoff double from Randy Santiesteban who scored when Carey hit his second single of the night.
Pugh picked up his second RBI of the night a few batters later when he singled to left field to bring in Fabio and extend the Railcats lead to 3-0. They extended it to 5-0 in the fifth on a two-RBI single off the bat of Santiesteban that scored Pugh and Wilfredo Gimenez.
That was it for Matthys, who lasted just five innings, giving up 10 hits and five runs, all of which were earned. Evan Mitchell threw two good innings, allowing no runs or hits and recording one strikeout while Ken Frosch threw one inning, allowing a hit but no runs.
The Railcats had a great outing from Jeff McKenzie, who went seven innings allowing just five hits and no runs while recording three strikeouts. Myles Smith pitched a perfect eighth inning and Adam Quintana pitched the ninth inning allowing a hit but no runs to send the series to a fourth game.
Saturday’s game is once again a potential series-ender. A Saints win sends them to the league championship series next week, while a RailCats win sets up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday.
Games 4 and 5 — if needed — are both at the US Steel Yard in Gary. The Saints will send RHP Trevor Foss to the mound, while the RailCats will counter with LHP Austin Wright. First pitch is 6:10 p.m.