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RAILCATS VS WINNIPEG AT THE US STEEL YARD BY JOHN SMIERCIAK
Date: 6/29/2013 Album ID: 1675370
Photos by John Smierciak
GARY | As is the case in many professional bullpens, laughter, reminiscence, encouragement, tutelage and constant preparation fill the time. Although stories and sunflower seeds spew all night, when duty calls, it’s been no laughing matter. The RailCats entered Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Winnipeg at U.S. Steel Yard with a record of 16-0 when the starting pitcher exits the game with a lead. “That’s our job,” right-handed reliever Marco Gonzalez said. “Whether it be the seventh, eighth or ninth, we’re coming in to get that hold or that save and hand it on to the next guy.” During a win streak that stood at eight entering Saturday’s extra-inning opener, four of the wins had come by one run. The 16-0 mark remained intact in the first game as starter Will Krout left with the game tied.