Gary Ind. – The Dogs doubled up the RailCats in the hit column, but were doubled up in the run column falling 6-3 to Gary SouthShore Tuesday night to drop their ninth consecutive game.
Chicago wrapped out 10 hits but were kept off the scoreboard through their first five innings at the plate before they finally busted through against Gary starting pitcher Chuck Weaver. Down 1-0 to begin the frame, Edwin Arroyo led off with the first triple in franchise history and was then plated on a Treysen Vavra double. The two base knocks marked the first time all season that Chicago had picked up consecutive extra-base hits.
After a Craig Maddox run-scoring single plated Vavra, Weaver was chased from the game. New Gary pitcher Lars Ligouri coaxed an inning-ending double play to escape the jam and keep the score at 2-1 in favor of the Dogs.
Working with the lead for the first time, Chicago starter Josh Goossen-Brown allowed the first two batters in the Gary half of the sixth to reach. With Brandon Shimo on in relief of Goossen-Brown, the Dogs chose to intentionally walk Gary left fielder Reggie Wilson to load the bases with one out. Two pitches later, RailCats center fielder D.K. Carey promptly unloaded the bags with a three-run double to push Gary back in front 4-2. Gary scored once more in the frame on an error from Chicago shortstop Michael Baca.
The four spot in the sixth for Gary marked the sixth time in four games that Chicago had been scored upon one inning after collecting at least one tally of their own.
Gary would add to their leading once more in the bottom of the seventh inning, again via a Baca error, to extend their lead to 6-2.
The Dogs would mount one final rally in the top of the ninth. A Baca walk, a Jonathan Moroney single, and a wild pitch brought the tying run into the on-deck circle for the Chicago with one out. Gary right-hander Gabe Perez coaxed a ground out from Arroyo that scored Baca, and a line out from Vavra to retire the side and earn the save.
One night after walking eight Gary batters, Chicago pitchers issued seven free passes to the RailCats on Tuesday. The Dogs staff has now walked 25 batters over their past four games.
Chicago committed three errors in total on Tuesday, their highest total of the season.
In addition to his sixth inning double, Vavra singled in the top of the first to extend his season-long hit streak to 11 games. Maddox and Arroyo also each posted multi-hit games for the Dogs.
Goossen-Brown was the tough luck loser for Chicago going five plus innings, and allowing two earned runs. The loss drops the Dogs opening night starter to 0-2 on the year. Ligouri earned the win for Gary, his first of the year, and the fourth straight for the RailCats.
The Dogs and Railcats will resume their four-game set Wednesday night at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. Southpaw Scott Barnes gets the starting nod for Chicago while fellow left-hander Jeff McKenzie makes the start for Gary.
First pitch Wednesday 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.