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Sox win handily over the RailCats, Johnson with vulture save

06/16/2012 9:46 PM - AMARILLO, TX – The Sox offense exploded in the third to help boost their big win over Gary SouthShore, 9-6 at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. In three hours, 4,456 in attendance saw Jack Spradlin (W, 3-2) earn his third win of the season, pitching five innings of three-run baseball, allowing seven hits while walking three and striking out two.
 Morgan Coombs (L, 2-2) starter for the RailCats, got the loss after pitching four and two-thirds innings and giving up eight earned runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out four. The Sox got five of those eight runs off Coombs in the third inning with runs batted in by Tim Alberts and Van Pope singles as well as a three-run homer from Adam Buschini.
 The RailCats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second after a Mike Rhode double that drove in Craig Maddox, who led off the inning with a triple. In the bottom half of the inning, Alberts would score on a passed ball and the go-ahead run would occur when Harrison Kain’s RBI-single brought in Pope. Rhode would get his second run batted when he hit a sacrifice fly ball that drove in Adam Klein, making it 2-2 in the middle of the third. After the bottom half, it was 7-2 Sox.
 Amarillo added another run in the fourth off a solo shot by Matt Tucker, to make the score 8-2. Both teams plated a run in the sixth, the RailCats’ run coming from an error and the Sox; from an Albert’s single to left. The score after six was 9-4 all the way up until the top of the ninth.
 Phil Bartleski, who pitched the entire sixth through eighth innings, gave up two earned runs on four hits in the ninth, which made it 9-6 with two outs when manager John Harris brought in Sox closer, Chase Johnson to throw just one pitch to get the final out and the save. Johnson (S, 7) goes one-third inning and records the save. Bartleski’s line would read; three and two-thirds innings pitched, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and getting two strikeouts. Bartleski was just one out away from getting the three-inning minimum save.
 The RailCats bullpen allowed just one run the last four innings. Nolan Nicholson came on in the fifth and recorded one and two-thirds innings pitched, giving up a run on two hits while walking two with one strikeout. Marco Gonzalez pitched two-thirds of the seventh and allowed one hit with one strikeout. And in the eighth, David Quinowski struck out all three Sox batters that he faced.
 With the win, the Sox improve to 17-11 while the RailCats fall to 13-15 on the year. Sunday, Amarillo will try to complete the sweep against Gary SouthShore at a predicted 6:05pm start time on free admission Father’s Day at ANB Sox Stadium. The Aqua One Pre-Game Show is set to begin at 5:55pm on Ustream via  Game time is tentative and is subject to blackout.
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