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.
Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178148
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