An early five-run deficit following the first inning proved to be too much for the Kansas City T-Bones to overcome as they fell to the Sioux Falls Canaries, 6-3, on Tuesday evening.
Sioux Falls (21-21) made it on the board and jumped on Kansas City (21-21) starter Christian Binford (1-1) first with a single to right field by Mike Hart which advanced Jordan Ebert home. Then, with all the bases loaded Clint Coulter hit a home run advancing Kevin Taylor, Alay Lago, and Mike Hart home, making the score 5-0 in the top of the first.
In response in the bottom of the first, Danny Mars hit a triple to right field followed by an out by Dylan Tice that allowed Mars to score for Kansas City making it 5-1.
Later, in the bottom of the second inning, Shawn O’Malley was at bat, argued a strike call and got ejected from the game along with manager Joe Calfapietra.
Then, the T-Bones furthered their score, 5-3, in the bottom of the third, but it wasn’t enough to surpass the Canaries. Daniel Nava singled to centerfield scoring Mars. Then, Christopher Colabello also hit a single to centerfield, scoring Nava.
Canaries’ starter Alex Boshers (5-2) limited the T-Bones’ offense to only three runs and did not allow them to catch up to Sioux Falls. However, he was pulled after the fourth inning, so reliever Will Soloman (2-2) was awarded the win for the Canaries.
The Canaries struck again in the top of the seventh inning when Kevin Hamann came in to pitch in relief and allowed a leadoff double by Brett Vertigan and a single by Jordan Ebert. Kevin Taylor drove in Vertigan with a sacrifice fly by Kevin Taylor and added another run to their lead, 6-3.
Kansas City got runners in scoring position during the seventh frame due to a hit and a walk and a pair of wild pitches, but they were unable to convert and bring either runner home.
The T-Bones got two men on base again in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play ball quickly ended the game. The three-run deficit was too much for Kansas City to overcome, as they fell to Sioux Falls in the series opener.
Kansas City looks to even the series with Sioux Falls on Wednesday, July 3, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. There will be a fireworks display after the game.
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- Story from T-Bones