The RailCats scored three runs in the first inning and the pitching staff struck out 11 Boomers in a 7-2 win over Schaumburg in the RailCats final exhibition game of 2013. The RailCats Home Opener is on Thursday at 7:10 against the Lincoln Saltdogs.
The RailCats offense rolled out of the gates in the first. Mike Massaro got it started with a one-out single to right. With two outs, Ryan Babineau roped a double into the right field corner to score Massaro. The next batter, Steve Liddle, ripped a two-run homer to right to give the RailCats a 3-0 lead.
Schaumburg responded in the top of the second inning against RailCats starting pitcher Will Krout. Steve McQauil shot a double to the gap in left-center field and Bobby Martin hit a two-out double to right to score him. Martin was thrown out trying to extend the double to a triple.
Krout didn’t allow a hit after that, retiring the final nine batters that he faced. Krout struck out the side in order in his fifth and final inning and finished with five strikeouts. Krout surrendered just the single run on two hits in five frames and didn’t walk anybody.
The RailCats piled on to the lead in the seventh inning thanks to erratic pitching from the Boomers’ Delvin Perez. The lefty walked the bases loaded to start the inning. Brian Kolb sent a fly ball to right that fell in after the right fielder misplayed it, allowing a run to score. Drew Martinez and Zac Mitchell drew back-to-back bases-loaded walks and Chase Tucker followed with a groundout to push across another run and make it a 7-1 lead. The ‘Cats scored four in the inning without the benefit of a hit.
The teams continued to play into the tenth inning to allow Stephen Hiscock to pitch a fourth frame. Hiscock gave up a run on a double by Steve McQuail in the inning, the lone run he allowed in four innings of work.