ROSEMONT, Ill. — Keon Barnum homered and David Olmedo-Barrera went 3-for-5, but it wasn’t enough as the Chicago Dogs fell to the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 7-5, in the series finale at Impact Field.
Barnum’s solo shot led off the eighth inning and brought the Dogs within one. It was the team’s first home run this season.
Trevor Simms (0-1) pitched into the fifth inning, allowing six hits and four runs, with only two earned, while striking out four and walking two in his first start of the season.
Carlos Zambrano, batting sixth as the DH after throwing 1.1 innings last night, led off the second inning with a first-pitch single up the middle for his first hit as a Chicago Dog. He finished the game 1-for-4.
Pedro Echemendia allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings of relief.
Brandon Shimo entered the game with two on and two outs in the eighth, striking out Zach Welz to keep the deficit at two. The Pennsylvania native allowed two earned runs on two hits, finishing with two strikeouts and one walk in 1.1 innings.
The Dogs got on the board in the sixth inning via an RBI groundout by Barnum. Edwin Arroyo and Trey Vavra started the inning with back-to-back walks, advancing to second and third on a wild pitch before Barnum stepped to the plate.
Chicago continued to chip away in the bottom of the seventh with two unearned runs off of Braulio Torres-Perez, cutting the deficit to two.
Arroyo kept the Dogs’ comeback hopes alive with an RBI double in the ninth, but the RailCats held on for the win.
The Dogs are off tomorrow but will travel to St. Paul for a three-game set with the Saints May 21-23. First pitch is set for Tuesday night at 7:05 PM.
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