Gary Ind. – Dogs pitchers walked eight RailCats batters and allowed eight base hits, dropping their eighth consecutive game 4-2 in Gary, Ind. Monday evening.
As a harbinger of things to come, Gary scored first on the strength of two walks, two Alex Crosby stolen bases, and an RBI ground out from Mitch Glasser in the bottom of the first inning. Gary did not record a hit in the inning.
Chicago answered with an RBI ground out of their own from Craig Maddox in their half of the fourth to score Treysen Vavra, who led off the inning with a double. The extra base hit was the sixth hit in as many at-bats for Vavra, dating back to Saturday. Vavra extended his hitting streak to ten games to begin the season for Chicago, going 2-4 in the game.
As they’ve been wont to do over their first ten games however, the Dogs staff gave the runs right back as Chicago starter Michael Wagner was tagged for a two spot in the bottom half of the frame. Gary left fielder Colin Willis led off the inning with a double and made his way home on a passed ball charged to Dogs catcher Wilfredo Rodriguez—the first such occurrence for Chicago backstops this year. After two more walks loaded the bases, Cole Fabio drove in the third run of the game for the RailCats via a sacrifice fly.
Wagner was pulled from the game in the fourth, giving way to southpaw Tommy Thorpe who stranded the bases loaded. In his first start of the season and his first professional start since 2016, Wagner gave up three earned runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked five, while throwing 91 pitches in a losing effort.
The RailCats would tack on one more unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning aided yet again, by a leadoff walk. Andy Paz knocked in the run with a single. The RailCats catcher finished the game 3-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
Chicago added one final tally on the first home run of the year by Craig Maddox—a solo shot to right field in the top of the ninth.
Alex Gunn made his third start of the year for Gary, earning the win on the strength of six innings of one run ball. Myles Smith tallied his first save of the year.
The loss drops Chicago to 1-9 to begin their inaugural season, while the third straight win for the RailCats pushes them back to .500 at 5-5.
The two teams will resume their four game series on Tuesday with Josh Goossen-Brown making his third start of 2018 for Chicago, and right-hander Chuck Weaver getting the nod for Gary.
First pitch from U.S. Steel Yard is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on www.thechicagodogs.com/broadcasts with the pregame show beginning at 6:50 p.m.