ROSEMONT, Ill. — A masterful Chicago pitching staff yielded only one hit as the Dogs defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 5-1, on a balmy Saturday night at Impact Field.
The quartet of Luke Westphal, Carlos Zambrano, Josh Goossen-Brown, and Rich Mascheri no-hit the visitors for 8.2 innings before Colin Willis played spoiler with a blooper to right field. Mascheri forced a groundout from the next batter, securing the victory.
Westphal (W, 1-0) fared remarkably in his first start of the season. The Clintonville, Wisconsin native was unhittable in 5.2 innings of work, striking out three and walking only one batter on 93 pitches thrown.
Taking over for Westphal was Carlos Zambrano in his highly-anticipated Dogs regular season debut. The three-time MLB All-Star retired all four batters he faced and kept the no-hitter alive.
Josh Goossen-Brown made his own season debut in the eighth, striking out two RailCats to preserve the hitless shutout.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Dogs’ early scoring was more than enough to secure win number two. Edwin Arroyo drove in two runs on a double with two outs in the second inning to cap a three-run frame off of Gary starter Christian DeLeon (L, 0-1). Chicago tacked on one more in the third when Larry Balkwill scored Victor Roache with a single, and one more in the sixth off the bat of Keon Barnum, who drove in Trey Vavra with a single. Barnum finished with two hits and a run, while Arroyo registered his first multi-hit game of the year.
The Dogs take on the RailCats in the series finale on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Impact Field. Trevor Simms is set to go for Chicago, while Trevor Lubking will take the mound for Gary.
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