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Westphal Clamps Down Cleburne

07/03/2019 9:42 PM

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CLEBURNE, Tex. (July 3, 2019) – Luke Westphal allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings and the Cleburne Railroaders tied a franchise record by striking out 17 times, as the Chicago Dogs snapped Cleburne’s seven-game winning streak with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night at The Depot.

It was a frustrating night for Cleburne’s offense, which outhit Chicago (21-20) 9-5 on the evening but stranded nine runners, including six in scoring position. The Railroaders (23-21) managed just two singles against Westphal (6-1), who picked up multiple strikeouts in every inning except the fifth. The Dogs offense, meanwhile, struck early against Cleburne starter Charlie Gillies (2-5), grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Keon Barnum. Chicago extended the advantage out to 3-0 in the second on an RBI double from David Olmedo-Barrera and a Cleburne error.

Gillies pitched well in a losing effort for Cleburne, recording a season-high nine strikeouts. Along the way, however, Gillies fired five wild pitches, including two in the seventh that led to a Chicago insurance run. D.J. Sharabi was flawless in relief, working the final two innings without allowing a baserunner and recording three strikeouts.

Cleburne’s offense came alive in the eighth against former Major League All-Star Carlos Zambrano. Three consecutive doubles from K.C. Huth, Daniel Robertson and Zach Nehrir trimmed the Chicago lead to 5-2, but Rich Mascheri came out of the Dogs bullpen to squelch the threat. Kyle Halbohn worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth with two more strikeouts to record his fifth save.

The Railroaders and Dogs conclude their series on Thursday night. Lefty Eudis Idrogo (2-3, 5.77) gets the ball for Cleburne, while Chicago will counter with righty Wes Torrez (0-2, 12.72). First pitch is scheduled for 7:06 PM.

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