GARY, IND. – Sioux City used a five run seventh inning to start off the road trip with a 10-7 victory over the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Friday night.
Sioux City got an RBI double from Nate Samson in the second inning to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Gary responded with a run scoring single in the third to tie it at one.
The first rally of the night came in the fourth inning for Sioux City. With runners at second and third, Jared Walker brought one home with a single to right. Samson collected another RBI on a sacrifice fly to left. Walker then scored on a Joseph Monge double, putting the X’s up 4-1.
Sioux City added a run in the fifth as Jose Sermo worked a two out walk, stole second and scored on another Walker RBI single to give the X’s a 5-1 lead.
However Gary came up with a big rally in the fifth to take the lead. After a one out double, Sioux City loaded the bases for the RailCats with a walk and an error. A hit batter scored a run, and an MJ Rookard double cleared the bases and tied the game at 5-5.
A Michael Woodworth sinking line drive, which Chase Harris couldn’t make a diving catch on, led to a run scoring triple and an infield single with the infield in, led to the final of six runs being scored in the frame for the Cats, who led 7-5.
Patrick Ledet took a no decision, as he gave up seven runs, with six earned over 4 1/3 innings. He also walked two, and struck out three.
But the X’s refused to go away, scoring five times in the top of the seventh, as LT Tolbert led off the inning with a single. Three straight walks and a couple of wild pitches scored a run, and set up the bases loaded with the Cats holding onto a 7-6 lead.
Nate Samson delivered his third and fourth RBI on a base hit to left, giving Sioux City an 8-7 lead. Sebastian Zawada finished the rally with a two run double to put the X's up, 10-7.
RailCats starter Trevor Lubking was taken out of the game after the lead off single. He took a no decision going 6 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits, while striking out four and walking two.
Reliever Greg Duncan (0-1) was handed the loss. Duncan threw one inning, allowing four runs on two hits, while issuing four walks.
The X’s turned to the pen, which was once again dominant. Max Kuhns (3-0) picked up the win as he went 1 2/3 innings, striking out three.
Danny Hrbek tossed a perfect seventh, Nate Gercken worked around a one out walk for a clean eighth, and Matt Pobereyko (7) earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth, with two strikeouts.
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