T-Bones hit five home runs in trouncing Texas team, 11-7

Breaking their own records, the T-Bones came out swinging in Cleburne against the Railroaders and won it all in extra innings by a final of 11-7.

Kansas City had five home runs in the night, their highest of the season, and they got 16 hits while fighting a fierce battle in Cleburne, Texas.

The T-Bones started hot, loading the bases with the first three batters.

Noah Perio Jr. came up to bat next and a fielder’s choice sent Dylan Tice running home to give the T-Bones the lead in the first inning 1-0.

Cleburne was not to be outdone, putting runners on all three bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly to right field sent Railroaders’ Trevor Sealey in to tie up the game. A double steal from the Railroaders put them in scoring position with runners on second and third.

Taking advantage of the opportunity, the Railroaders got a run on a ground out to short by Cam Monger, making the score at the end of the first inning, Cleburne 2, Kansas City 1.

Mason Davis kicked off the second inning with a homer to tie the game. In the bottom of the second, T-Bones pitcher Lucas Irvine finished off the inning, pitching two strikeouts in a row to send the Railroaders to the dugout.

The third inning was just as exciting, with Taylor Featherston hitting a triple that sent Colin Walsh running home and Curcio following up with a sacrifice fly to the left that put Featherston on the board, increasing the T-Bones lead to 4 – 2.

In the field, Keith Curcio caught former teammate Angel Rosa’s hit as it reached the wall, denying him what could’ve been a double or a home run in the third.

The Railroaders couldn’t score in the third, and the T-Bones didn’t score in the fourth. The Railroaders, however, did score, decreasing Kansas City’s lead to just one, making it 4 – 3.

In the fifth inning, Cleburne was plagued with errors, and in the sixth the Cleburne pitcher walked three T-Bones. Despite those advantages, the T-Bones weren’t able to score. After three innings without the T-Bones scoring, Cleburne would tie it as Monger hit a homer to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth to even the score at four.

The T-Bones were feeling the pressure, and with two outs Mason Davis hit a triple, but they weren’t able to convert it to a run.

Cleburne, on the other hand, used the pressure to score two runs. Kicking into gear, the T-Bones came back and tied it at six, thanks to a two-run home run from Noah Perio Jr. that sent both him and Walsh home to score.

A sacrifice fly from Angel Rosa gave the Railroaders the lead in the bottom of the eighth after three walks.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Mason Davis was up to bat, the last hope for the T-Bones. With an 0-2 count he hit his second home run of the night and the game was tied at seven each.

In the bottom of the ninth, the T-Bones were hoping for extra innings. Thanks to three strikeouts from T-Bones pitcher Marcus Crescentini, they got their wish.

Todd Cunningham started the tenth inning off with a bang, hitting his first home run of the season.

Blowing it wide open, Keith Curcio hit a three-run home run, putting the score at Kansas City 11– Cleburne 7.

Ultimately, the Railroaders weren’t able to answer and the T-Bones walked away victorious after a long, tough battle. The two teams will play again at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Texas as the T-Bones hope to sweep the series.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The T-Bones’ games are airing on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

– Story from T-Bones

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Rangers purchase Torres’ contract from T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones announced today the Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of outfielder Nick Torres. He is the fourth T-Bone player in July, and the sixth this season, to be sold to an MLB organization.

Torres was a favorite of many Kansas City fans. As part of the T-Bones host family program, he, his wife Korrin and one-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever Scout were residents of The Piper Assisted Living Center.

Korrin and Scout were a common sight at games, often seen playing fetch on the grass berm just beyond the outfield fence at T-Bones Stadium. Korrin is the author of a popular blog titled The Baseball Gypsy, and Scout has more than 32,000 followers on Instagram at @lifeofscout_.

The 25-year-old Torres had not missed playing a game for the T-Bones in the 2018, making 55 appearances.

On June 26, he had five RBIs in the game against the Lincoln Saltdogs. He was the team leader in home runs, with five. His batting average was seventh in the American Association at .329 and he was sixth in RBIs with 43 on the season. In 231 at bats, he had 76 hits.

Torres was the fourth-round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2014 out of California Polytechnic State University. He spent 2017 with AA San Antonio in the Texas League where the right-handed batter hit .277 with 11 home runs and 61 RBIs.

He finished second on the club in RBIs and games played at 119. Torres went to spring training with San Diego in 2018 but was released on March 28. He appeared in one Big League Spring Training contest, going 1-for-1 with an RBI.

In 2016, Torres reached AAA El Paso in the Pacific Coast League playing in 36 games hitting six home runs with 18 RBIs and a .308 average but spent the bulk of his time at AA San Antonio hitting .282 with six long balls and 40 RBIs.

Torres’ 28 doubles tied him for the Missions team lead. In 2015 the Lakewood, California, native split time between High A Lake Elsinore and Low A Fort Wayne. In 77 games at Fort Wayne he hit .326 with two home runs and 40 RBIs while hitting .275 at Lake Elsinore with three homers and 30 RBIs. His 70 RBIs combined in 2015 are a four-year career high.

Torres began his career with one game with the rookie-level Arizona Padres in 2014 before hitting .254 in 43 games at Eugene in the Northwest League. Torres led the Big West Conference with 52 RBI in 58 games in his final season at Cal Poly.

Torres is the 36th Kansas City player, and the sixth this season, to have his contract purchased while with the T-Bones.

In May, the Washington Nationals purchased the contract of outfielder Adam Brett Walker and the New York Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Cody Martin. On July 3, the Cubs purchased the contract of left-handed T-Bones pitcher James Buckelew. On July 7, the Cincinnati Reds purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Carlos Diaz. On July 13, the Seattle Mariners purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Joe Filomeno.

The T-Bones have consistently held the second-place spot in the American Association and currently have a 35-20 record and a .636 winning percentage. The T-Bones take on the Cleburne Railroaders (19-34) in the second of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in Texas. On Monday, KC defeated Cleburne 10-4.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The T-Bones’ games are airing on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

– Story from T-Bones

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T-Bones trio blasts Cleburne, 10-4

The names Torres, Cunningham and Adkins sound like the name of a fancy high-dollar law firm, and on Monday night at Cleburne, Texas, the trio help lay down the law in 10-4 win for the Kansas City T-Bones over the Cleburne Railroaders at the Depot.

Hunter Adkins (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season as he tossed seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on only four hits. It was the second night in a row for the T-Bones where the starter went seven-plus innings, allowing only two earned runs.

Dylan Mouzakes (1-5), the starter for Cleburne, went six strong innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits.

The Railroaders and T-Bones were held scoreless until the top of the fourth inning where the T-Bones’ Nick Torres doubled as Colin Walsh scored. Taylor Featherston then hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall.

Cleburne answered in the bottom of the fifth as K.C. Huth launched a solo home run off Adkins for his first of the season. Railroaders answered again in the bottom of the sixth as Cam Monger doubled to cut the T-Bones’ lead to one.

Kansas City knocked out Mouzakes after six and opened the floodgates off Cleburne’s bullpen, scoring three in the top of the seventh.

The inning started with a walk to Adrien Nieto; then Keith Curcio singled to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch advanced the runners before Dexter Kjerstad loaded the bases with a walk.

The next batter, Dylan Tice, walked to score a run. Then Todd Cunningham hit a bases-loaded double to score two more, making the score 6-2.

Nick Lee pitched one inning, allowing one run for Kansas City as Levi Scott blasted his eighth home run of the season for the Railroaders, 6-3.

Kansas City added some insurance runs in the ninth inning as Todd Cunningham singled for his third RBI of the night, scoring Keith Curcio. Two batters later, Nick Torres crushed a three-run shot in the ninth for his fifth of the season.

Cleburne scored one run in the ninth as well, but that was it for them as they fell to the T-Bones 10-4.

The T-Bones have now won two in a row as they take the series opener. Todd Cunningham and Nick Torres combined to go 4-10, driving in six runs. The T-Bones will look to win their third game in a row Tuesday against the Railroaders and first pitch will be at 7:06 p.m. in Cleburne, Texas.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The T-Bones’ games are airing on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

– Story from T-Bones

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