GARY, Ind. — The Chicago Dogs out-hit the Gary SouthShore RailCats but lost game three of the series, 2-1, on Wednesday night in a low-scoring affair at the U.S. Steel Yard.
Dogs starter Trevor Simms (L, 1-2) retired the first eight batters he faced before the red-hot Tom Walraven lined a single into left to keep the bottom of the third alive. With two outs, Simms hit both Evan Marzilli and Marcus Mooney with pitches to load the bases and then walked Randy Santiesteban to surrender Gary’s first run of the night.
Chicago knotted the game at one in the top of the fifth thanks to some hustle by Keon Barnum. The first baseman beat out a dropped third strike to start the frame, and scored all the way from first on a double from Rey Gonzalez. RailCats starter Trevor Lubking (W, 4-1) would go on to finish a rare four-strikeout inning. He finished his day with seven innings of work and gave up just the one unearned run in the fifth inning while striking out seven Dogs.
The RailCats would retake the lead in that same inning as control again proved to be Simms’ undoing. The right hander surrendered a single to Walraven with one out and bookended a walk of Evan Marzilli with two wild pitches, allowing the runners to advance to second and third. It proved costly as Marcus Mooney skied a sacrifice fly to right field that gave Gary a 2-1 lead.
Pedro Echemendia came on in relief of Simms in the sixth. In the right hander’s fifth appearance of the season, he gave up two hits in just under three innings, and Rich Mascheri only had to throw one pitch to end the eighth with a popout.
In the ninth, Sandy Lugo, who had not given up a run all year, allowed just a single to Keon Barnum before retiring Victor Roache and Jordan Dean on strikeouts to seal the Dogs’ first loss in a night game in 2019.
The Dogs are back in action on Thursday night against the RailCats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM and will feature left hander Jake Dahlberg (2-0) for Chicago.
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