The Kansas City T-Bones swept the doubleheader with a 5-2 walk-off victory in game two over St. Paul in front 5,569 fans in CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kan.
In a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning of a seven-inning game, Robby Kuzdale led off with an infield single to the pitcher. Bryan Sabatella, pinch-hitting for Darrell Hudson, drew a one-out walk. T.J. Mittelstaedt then blasted a three-run walk-off homer over the right-field wall. It was his third home run in the doubleheader.
Kansas City erased a two-run deficit in the third when Hudson led off with a single toward third. Hudson scored on an RBI single by Matt Padgett. Danny Richar singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Ray Sadler that tied the game at 2-2.
Pat Doyle (6-4) picked up the win after tossing 2 scoreless innings in relief.
Game one of the doubleheader was less dramatic. The T-Bones used a trio of home runs from Mittelstaedt and Sadler and beat St. Paul 9-4.
Mittelstaedt led off the first and second with solo home runs. Sadler crushed his 247th career home run, a three-run blast out of the stadium in the first inning.
Patrick Mincey earned his second win with the T-Bones and his fourth on the year. He tossed a scoreless inning in relief, giving up one hit and striking out two. Derek Loera notched his first save after throwing 2 scoreless innings.
The T-Bones (46-52) and the Saints (48-50) will continue a five-game series Sunday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
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A trio of home runs aided the T-Bones in a 9-4 win over St. Paul in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader in CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Due to rain, Friday night’s game was suspended after the Saints went in order in the top of the first. The two teams resumed play in a seven-inning game Saturday afternoon.
T.J. Mittelstaedt started the day off with a bang, blasting a solo home run over the left-field wall off the second pitch of the game. Following the home run, Danny Richar doubled and Matt Padgett worked a walk, which set up Ray Sadler for a three-run homer en route to a five run first inning.
After batting through the lineup in the first the T-Bones tacked on another run in the second when Mittelstaedt launched a leadoff home run over the right-field wall, giving Kansas City a 6-0 lead.
The Saints scored one in the third and three in the fourth but it was too little, too late after the early offensive surge by Kansas City.
Patrick Mincey earned his second win with the T-Bones and his fourth on the year. He tossed a scoreless inning in relief, giving up one hit and striking out two. Derek Loera notched his first save after throwing two scoreless innings.
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Game two of a doubleheader between Kansas City and St. Paul was suspended Friday night due to rain.
The game is scheduled to be resumed Saturday as part of a doubleheader (seven-inning games) at 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City starter Andy Noga retired the Saints in order in the top of the first inning. The rain began to fall before Kansas City had a chance to bat in the bottom of the first. The resulting rain delay was the second of the evening.
Ray Sadler led Kansas City to a 5-1 win in game one, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. That would be plenty for starter Jared Messer (5-3), who allowed two runs on six hits while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of work. Ben Hughes (4-3) took the loss.
Relief pitcher Kris Regas came in for Kansas City in the top of the seventh. As he recorded the first out of the inning, the skies opened, causing a 1 hour, 53-minute rain delay. When play resumed, Regas finished the Saints and recorded his 22nd save.
With the win in game one, Kansas City moved to 44-52 while the Saints fell to 48-48. Tickets for Saturday night are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
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