RiverHawks lose exhibition, 6-2, in Gary
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May 9, 2008 - GARY, Ind. — Six Gary RailCats pitchers combined to allow just six hits, and the 2007 Northern League champions scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, knocking off the Rockford RiverHawks, 6-2 Friday afternoon at U. S. Steel Yard.

The RailCats improved to 3-0 on the preseason, getting a strong team pitching effort for the third game in a row. Jeremy Plexico got the start and racked up six strikeouts in his three innings of work, allowing only two hits. A former Washington Nationals prospect, Plexico allowed only three balls out of the infield.

Brian Halford (1-0) relieved Plexico to start the fourth inning and surrendered only a one-out single in the fourth in his two frames, extending his preseason scoreless streak to four innings. Non-roster reliever Tom Albano and Matt Brinkmann also pitched scoreless frames Friday.

Offensively, the RailCats had just two baserunners before the fourth, but took the lead for good when Christian Guerrero singled to left, scoring Eric McNamee from second when the ball skipped under the glove of Jason James. Eric Blakeley singled in Steve Haake with the second run later in the inning.

The RailCats added two more runs in the fifth, getting the first when Rob Marconi came in from third on Jeff Mojzik’s RBI groundout. McNamee followed Mojizk with a ringing single to right, plating Mike Reese with the second run.

After the RiverHawks scored a run in the top of the sixth, the hosts bounced back for two more in the bottom of the inning. Tanner Townsend doubled home Guerrero with one out in the and came in to score when the next batter, Patrick Brooks, grounded a ball to third that Rob Recuenco threw past the first baseman.

Rockford scored its second run, an unearned run, in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Matt Mazurek.


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