T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones trailed 4-0 after the second inning, but rallied to a 7-6 win over Sioux Falls Wednesday night.

The game got off to a rough start for Kansas City, as the Canaries raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings against Kansas City starting pitcher Casey Barnes.

The T-Bones responded however, getting a three-run home run from Jake Blackwood to pull Kansas City within a 4-3 deficit.

Things got a little scary in the bottom of the third inning, when Barnes was struck on his pitching arm. Barnes left the game with the bases loaded and the Canaries held a 5-3 lead.

The T-Bones turned to Josh Tols, one of four separate T-Bones relievers who pitched scoreless outings. Tols got out of the inning, but not before the Canaries held a 6-3 lead. Barnes was charged with six runs, with four being earned.

Tols worked two and two-thirds innings of two-hit baseball with four strikeouts.

The T-Bones rallied with two runs in the fifth inning, and took the lead with two more in the seventh inning. James Boddicker drove in Adam Bailey, as the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

Joe Van Meter (2-3) picked up the win for Kansas City, with one and one-third scoreless innings. Aaron Baker pitched one and two-thirds innings, and Fernando Hernandez notched his 11th save in perfect fashion in the ninth inning.

The T-Bones (33-25) continue the three-game series Thursday night against Sioux Falls (25-38) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The T-Bones return home to CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Aug. 5. Tickets are available by calling the box office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
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Frias goes on disabled list; Cavan retires

As they return to action tonight at Sioux Falls after two days off, the Kansas City T-Bones announced they’ve signed infielders Ernie Banks Jr. and Sergio Leon.

Banks — no relation to “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks — is a 6-foot-4 and 260-pound infielder from Chesapeake, Va.

Banks, whom the Florida Marlins selected in the 44th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Norfolk State University, has spent the majority of his eight-year professional career in independent leagues. He played eight games this season with Garden State of the Can-Am League, batting .200. In 498 career games, Banks is a career .298 hitter with 545 hits, 66 home runs and 324 RBIs.

Leon is a 5-foot-10 and 175-pound rookie infielder from Miami. He hit .266 in 49 games, with 49 hits and 22 RBIs for Marshall University this past season. As Marshall’s shortstop, Leon committed 13 errors in 207 chances in 2015.

To make room for Banks and Leon, the T-Bones placed infielder Vladimir Frias on the disabled list due to an injury suffered Friday night against Winnipeg. Additionally, infielder Ryan Cavan has announced his retirement.
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The Kansas City T-Bones announced that they have scheduled three doubleheaders in August against Joplin from games that were suspended and postponed against the Blasters in June.

The original series was being played in Joplin during June 15-18, but the games will be made up in Kansas City, Kan., since the T-Bones don’t return to Joplin this season and the Blasters have two series in August at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Wednesday, Aug. 5
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the T-Bones and the Blasters will conclude their nine-inning game that was suspended on June 16 in the bottom of the first with no score. Shortly after the finish, the two teams will play their game that was originally scheduled for Aug. 5, although it’ll now be seven innings.

Thursday, Aug. 6
Kansas City and Joplin are scheduled to play a doubleheader (two seven-inning games), with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. The first game will be the make-up for June 17.

Friday, Aug. 21

Kansas City and Joplin are scheduled to play a doubleheader (two seven-inning games), with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. The first game will be the make-up for June 18.

The gates will open at the normally scheduled time for all three dates, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for all three dates are available by calling the box office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
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