Big first inning leads T-Bones to victory

Kansas City scored five runs with two outs in the first inning as the T-Bones went on to beat Amarillo 8-4 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Monday night in Kansas City, Kan.

Amarillo starter Clayton Tanner (2-3) collected two quick outs before allowing singles to Matt Padgett, Ray Sadler and Nick Schwaner, which loaded the bases.

Tanner then walked Bryan Sabatella, forcing in a run, and allowed a single to Robby Kuzdale that scored Sadler and Schwaner. Brian Erie, who came into the game hitting .375 with runners in scoring position and two outs, and then shot a single up the middle that scored two more and pushed the Kansas City lead to 5-0.

The Sox, meanwhile, had trouble figuring out Kansas City starter Jared Messer. Making just his third professional start, Messer didn’t allow a base runner to reach third base for the first five innings of play.

Amarillo finally got something going in the sixth. Trailing 6-0, Ransom LaLonde led off the inning with a single and came around to score when Derek Perren knocked an RBI single into center field. Andres Rodriguez later doubled, scoring Perren and cutting the Kansas City lead to 6-2.

Kansas City reclaimed its six-run lead almost immediately, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Danny Richar drew a walk, forcing in a run. Matt Padgett then grounded into a double play, but managed to push across another run and increase the Kansas City lead to 8-2.

Messer (4-2) went on to toss 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out seven, as he picked up his first win at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Tanner took the loss.

With the win, the T-Bones move to 39-47 on the season, while the Sox fall to 30-54. Kansas City continues its three game series with Amarillo Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Bullpen collapses in T-Bones loss

The T-Bones saw a four-run ninth inning lead vanish, falling 6-5 to Gary SouthShore in 12 innings Sunday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

With the T-Bones leading 5-1 going into the ninth, the RailCats broke through against closer Kris Regas with four runs on three hits and two walks, tying the game at 5-5.

The RailCats manufactured the winning run in the 12th inning. Drew Martinez got on base with a lead-off single and was bunted over to second. After reaching third on a groundout, Martinez scored the eventual winning run on an infield single by Josh Romanski.

Until the ninth inning, the T-Bones cruised. Bryan Sabatella extended his hit streak to 11 consecutive games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the second. He later scored on an RBI single from Brian Erie that gave Kansas City an early 1-0 lead.

Kansas City extended that lead the next inning. Danny Richar led off the third with a single. And then, after Ray Sadler singled with one out, Nick Schwaner crushed a three-run home run to center field, giving the T-Bones a 4-0 lead.

The RailCats got on the board with a run in the sixth. Danny Pulfer drew a leadoff walk and was singled home on a one-out hit by Ryan Babineau.

The T-Bones (38-47) now get set to begin a three-game series with Amarillo on Monday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Bougher stalls T-Bones bats

The T-Bones failed to get their offense going yet again off Gary SouthShore starter Stephen Bougher, as they fell 8-1 in front of 5,395 fans at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday night.

Bougher is now 3-0 against the T-Bones in four starts. Kansas City managed to get only one run off six hits in 6 innings off Bougher (7-5).

Gary SouthShore jumped on T-Bones starter Joe Van Meter out of the gates. Following back-to-back singles starting the game off, Ryan Babineau flew out to left bringing in Danny Pulfer from third.

Kansas City answered back with their lone run in the bottom of the fourth. With one on and two out, Bryan Sabatella sliced an RBI single toward second that scored Matt Padgett, who led off the inning with a walk. That base hit for Sabatella — one of his two in the game — extended his hitting streak to nine games.

After tacking on one in the fifth, the RailCats poured it on in the sixth when they scored three runs off four hits, forcing Kansas City to reach into their bullpen. Babineau drove in his second run of the evening with an RBI double into left-center.

Van Meter (0-1) allowed four runs off five hits and struck out seven batters over the course of 5 innings on the mound. His replacement, Hamilton Bennett, gave up four runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

With the loss the T-Bones fall to 37-46, while the RailCats improve to 44-40. Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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