Blacksher shuts out T-Bones in game one

Game two suspended because of curfew

Amarillo right-handed pitcher Derek Blacksher was looking for his first win and, unfortunately for the T-Bones’ offense, he got it Wednesday night in a 4-0 shutout for the Sox in game one of a doubleheader in Amarillo, Texas.

The T-Bones offense could muster only four total hits and six total baserunners against Blacksher (1-4), who went the distance with a 7-inning performance.

Kansas City starting pitcher Andy Noga (0-2) also pitched a complete game, but after giving up an RBI single to former T-Bones first baseman Kyle Nichols in the third, the Sox added three in the fourth. Noga allowed 10 hits and three earned runs through 6 innings.

In the nightcap, Kansas City jumped on Amarillo starter Kellen Moen early, when leadoff hitter Bryan Sabatella hit his second home run of the season on the third pitch he saw. After the Sox tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, the T-Bones added another run in the top of the second when Robby Kuzdale singled in Nick Schwaner, who had doubled with one out.

That was Kansas City’s last lead Wednesday night. Amarillo scored three more runs — two in the second and one in the fourth — against Derek Loera, who was making his first start for the T-Bones. The Sox scored two runs off Kansas City reliever Chris Squires in the fifth, which gave Amarillo a 6-2 lead, before the game was suspended shortly after midnight because of the league curfew rule.

Game two of the doubleheader, which will remain a seven-inning contest, is scheduled to resume at 4 p.m. Thursday in Texas. The series finale, a nine-inning game, is scheduled to start at its original time, 7:05. That game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or online at

Box score for Game 1:
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DeVore pitches T-Bones past Sox

The T-Bones needed some consistency in the starting rotation and they got just that Tuesday night as Kyle DeVore pitched 6 innings of six-hit baseball and helped lead Kansas City to an 8-2 win over Amarillo in an away game.

The Kansas City offense scored six times in the first two innings off Amarillo starter Joseph Rogers (0-1). Five T-Bones drove home runs in the first two frames including Jonny Kaplan, who hit a two-run triple.

That’s all the offense DeVore (2-1), who struck out five and walked none, needed to pick up the victory. T-Bones relievers Jared Messer and Kris Regas shut the door with three scoreless innings out of the pen.

The only offense Amarillo could muster came in the fourth inning, when T-Bones third baseman Nick Schwaner committed a two-out error that allowed Jeff Farnham to capitalize on what would be a two-run single.

The T-Bones got extra runs in the eighth and ninth innings, including Robby Kuzdale’s second home run of the season with two outs in the eighth inning.

The T-Bones (18-19) continue the series with a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. Andy Noga will pitch game one, followed by Rick Zagone in game two. Both games will be seven-inning contests in Amarillo, Texas.

Box score:

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Sporting KC knocked out of U.S. Open Cup with 3-1 loss to Portland Timbers

Sporting Kansas City fell to the Portland Timbers 3-1 Tuesday evening at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Soony Saad scored the lone goal and Andy Gruenebaum made three saves in his second appearance for the club.

Sporting KC will return to action Friday night when it plays the Portland Timbers in the club’s first MLS match since June 6. The match will kick off at 10 p.m. and can be seen locally on KMCI’s 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.

The home side nearly jumped out to an early lead and former Timbers winger Sal Zizzo was in the thick of the action. Spanish midfielder Antonio Dovale played a corner kick to the near post and Zizzo’s diving header was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Andrew Weber.

Sporting KC continued to create chances in the first half, but the Timbers got on the board first in the 30th minute. Kalif Alhassan’s cross from the endline fell into the path of Gaston Fernandez. The Argentine striker controlled the deflected ball and placed his shot into the far corner past goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Portland doubled its lead in the 57th minute when Will Johnson converted a penalty kick. Referee Ricardo Salazar pointed to the spot after Aurelien Collin challenged Steve Zakuani inside the 18-yard box.

Fernandez scored his second goal of the match in the 68th minute, taping home a rebound attempt after Gruenebaum stopped Maximiliano Urriti’s initial strike.

Sporting KC made things interesting late as Timbers defender Danny O’Rourke was whistled for a handball inside the penalty box. Saad converted the spot kick for his third goal in as many games in all competitions and his fourth goal overall in the U.S Open Cup.

Following Friday night’s match at Portland, Sporting KC will return home to play host to the Chicago Fire on July 6. Limited tickets are available for the match, including recently released standing room only tickets, and can be purchased at or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
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