Gary, Ind. – The Dogs came from behind to take game one of an Independence Day doubleheader 5-4 before game two was suspended due to rain Wednesday night in Gary.
Chicago scored two runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth for their second straight victory, while their bullpen set down the final ten batters in order to propel the Dogs over the RailCats.
A game wrought with defensive miscues that saw four of its nine runs unearned, turned in Chicago’s favor thanks to a furious rally by the Dogs against the Gary bullpen.
Down 4-1 to begin the top of the fifth inning, the Dogs scored two runs on a two hits and a costly two-out error by Gary shortstop Will Savage. With two men on base, Joe Benson grounded a ball toward Savage that looked like it would end the frame, but Savage misplayed the ball, allowing Jonathan Moroney to score and cut the deficit to 4-3.
Chicago would take the lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth thanks to an RBI single from Michael Baca and a go-ahead sacrifice fly from Edwin Arroyo. The Dogs tallied four hits in the inning and sent seven men to the plate.
After Chicago spot starter Tommy Thorpe was lifted after four innings, Tyson Perez and Kaohi Downing worked a perfect final three frames to give Chicago their eighth one-run victory of the season. Thorpe allowed four runs over his four innings, with only one of those runs being earned, and received a no-decision.
Perez earned the win, his second of the season, while Downing picked up his 11th save of the year, and his second in as many games.
All but one hitter in the Dogs lineup tallied a hit in the seven-inning game, with Treysen Vavra popping his eighth home run of the year in the first inning.
Game two of the doubleheader began 35 minutes after game one, and again the Dogs struck for a first inning long ball, as Benson crushed a two-run shot to left field. After a scoreless bottom of the first, the game was placed in a rain delay in the top of the second inning, and was ultimately suspended. The two teams will resume the game in the top of the second when the RailCats return to Impact Field in August.
The game one victory pushes the Dogs to 16-28 on the year, while the RailCats fall to 23-21. Chicago is now seven games out of first place in the American Association’s Northern division.
Chicago will now enjoy an off day Thursday before beginning a six-game homestand Friday night against the Cleburne Railroaders at Impact Field. Tickets are available in line at the Impact Field ticket office, and online at www.thechicagodogs.com/tickets/