Laredo flexes muscle in series opener

The best offense in the American Association showed itself to the T-Bones with a 12-0 win Friday night at Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, Texas.

The Lemurs scored three first-inning runs against Kansas City starting pitcher Pat Doyle (2-3).

Nick Van Stratten reached on a leadoff walk and later scored on a Devin Goodwin single to right field. The Lemurs also got a two-run single from Angel Flores to cap off the first frame.

The Lemurs tacked on another five runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth, all charged to Doyle, who gave up 12 hits. Lefty reliever Zach Fowler allowed just three baserunners (two hits, one walk) in 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Lemurs got four hits from Angel Flores, who added three RBIs.

Offensively, the T-Bones couldn’t solve Lemur starter Josh Strawn (3-2), who pitched 7 innings and allowed just five hits.

Nick Giarraputo went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double. He was the only hitter in manager John Massarelli’s offense who collected two hits. Giarraputo now has back-to-back multi-hit games.

The T-Bones (13-15) continue their three-game series with Laredo on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30.

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Wichita edges T-Bones with late run

The Wingnuts scored three early runs and a huge run late, and beat Kansas City 4-3 Thursday night at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita in the Kansas Turnpike Showdown.

The T-Bones scored first on a Danny Richar double that brought around David Espinosa from first. But the Wingnuts countered with two runs off three doubles in the bottom of the first inning off Kansas City starter Andy Noga to take a 2-1 lead.

Noga then settled down, finishing the game with five innings and just two earned runs on six hits.

The T-Bones battled back and tied the game at 3-3 with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but the Wingnuts got a clutch two-out RBI single from Chris McClendon against Kansas City reliever Kyle DeVore (0-1), who came off the disabled list and made his T-Bones debut.

The T-Bones made things interesting in the ninth inning, however, getting an infield single from Bryan Sabatella off of closer Matt Nevarez (9) with one out. Sabatella was thrown out at second, though, trying to steal with David Espinosa at the plate. Espinosa, who had three of Kansas City’s 11 hits, including two doubles, then struck out and ended a comeback attempt.

The T-Bones dropped the season series to Wichita, 6-4. The two teams won’t face each other again in the regular season.

The T-Bones (13-14) begin a three-game series at Laredo on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30.

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Espinosa’s first homer leads T-Bones

David Espinosa had two hits and scored two runs, including one on his first home run of the season, as the T-Bones beat the Wingnuts 4-2 Wednesday night at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in the Kansas Turnpike Showdown.

Espinosa gave Kansas City an early 1-0 lead with his first homer in the first inning against Wichita starter Anthony Capra. The T-Bones added another run in the second with an RBI double from Brian Erie that scored T.J. Mittlestaedt from first base and gave the T-Bones an early 2-0 lead. Mittelstaedt and Danny Richar also ended the game with two hits apiece.

T-Bones starting pitcher Daniel Barone (4-0) pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs, both of which came in the seventh. Kansas City’s offense rallied, however, in the top of the eighth inning, securing the win for Barone. With the score tied at 2-2, the first six T-Bones in the eighth reached base against Wichita relievers Matt Robertson (0-2), Alex Hinshaw and Daniel Bennett. The big blow was an RBI single from Nick Giarraputo, who came through with his first hit of the series that gave Kansas City the decisive 4-2 lead.

Chris Squires and Kris Regas (6) pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen, preserving the win and tying the series at one game apiece.

The T-Bones (13-13) and Wingnuts (18-9) conclude their three-game series Thursday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium at 7:05.

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