T-Bones split doubleheader, win series

by Sophie Darting

After the second game of the series between the Kansas City T-Bones and the Cleburne Railroaders was postponed during the middle of the third inning last night owing to rain, it was picked up this afternoon at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas The T-Bones’ bullpen labored through the completion of the game, giving up nine runs while the offense was quiet in a 12-2 loss to the Railroaders.

Before the rain interfered with the game, Cleburne (16-19) claimed a 2-0 lead with one run in the second inning off of a John Nester sacrifice fly scored Daniel Robertson and another run in the third frame when Robertson singled in K.C. Huth.

Both teams showed some offense in the fourth inning, after the game resumed, with the Railroaders scoring a run off of an RBI-single by K.C. Huth scored Nester and the T-Bones (16-17), using a trio of singles by Chris Colabello, Casey Gillaspie and Forrestt Allday to score their first run of the contest, but still trailing 3-1.

The top of the fifth inning is what doomed the T-Bones, with the bullpen struggling and allowing Cleburne to put up a five-spot.

The Railroaders’ offense was on the attack, scoring five runs behind singles by Zach Nehrir, Robertson, and Buck, a walk by Hunter Clanin, and a pair of players hit by a pitch in Logan Trowbridge and Huth. Nick Rotola capped off the inning with a two-run single to make it 8-1 in Cleburne’s advantage.

Kansas City got a run back after an RBI-groundout by Dylan Tice scored Mason Davis, who reached base with a single, to make it an 8-2 ballgame.

Clanin padded the Railroaders’ lead with a two-out, three-run bomb that scored Nester and Chase Simpson in the top of the sixth inning, forcing the T-Bones to trail by nine runs 11-2. Cleburne added another run in the top of the ninth.

The nine-run deficit proved to be too daunting for the T-Bones to overcome, and they did not score another run, falling to the Railroaders. Kenny Koplove (0-1) was credited the loss for Kansas City and Braden Pearson (3-1) got the win for Cleburne.

T-Bones win game two, 8-2

by Gabby Albertson

The Kansas City T-Bones had game three of the doubleheader in the bag since the start of the game. After a loss in game two, they were determined to beat the Cleburne Railroaders, and that’s exactly what they did. The T-Bones won the series with a final score of 8-2.

Kansas City made it on the board first with a back-to-back home run by Danny Mars and Dylan Tice. Then, Roy Morales hit a single and advanced Christopher Colabello to home. Casey Gillaspie came home on a single hit by Mason Davis, making the score 4-0 in the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the second, Gillaspie hit a two-run home run allowing Tice to score for the T-Bones, making the score 6-0.

The Railroaders finally made it on the board, 6-2, in the top of the third. A double by Chase Simpson advanced K.C. Huth to home. Daniel Robertson later hit a double, scoring Simpson.

Soon after, Ramsey Romano hit a double, allowing Forrestt Allday to score to further Kansas City’s lead, 7-2, in the bottom of the third. The T-Bones went ahead 8-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Gillaspie hit a single sending Tice home.

The winning pitcher for the Kansas City T-Bones was Henry Owens (1-0) and the losing pitcher for the Cleburne Railroaders was Charlie Gillies (1-4).

The Kansas City T-Bones will play their next series at 7:05 p.m. Monday, June 24, with the Chicago Dogs at Impact Field in Chicago. The game can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network at http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

The next home game will be at 7:05 p.m. July 2 at T-Bones Stadium against the Sioux Falls Canaries.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages as well as mini plans are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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Sporting takes 1-0 road win at Columbus

Sporting Kansas City (4-5-7, 8th place) earned the team’s first road win of the season on Sunday with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC (5-10-2, 10th place) at MAPFRE Stadium in Ohio.

The victory moves Sporting into a share of eighth place in the Western Conference standings, one point back of a playoff position currently held by rivals Real Salt Lake ahead of next week’s showdown between the two clubs.

Felipe Gutierrez scored the game’s only goal in the 48th minute, on a gem of an assist from fellow forward Gerso Fernandes, and goalkeeper Tim Melia made four saves to preserve the shutout.

Gutierrez, who scored twice in a 2-2 draw at Toronto in Sporting’s last MLS match, now has seven goals on the season, setting up a three-way tie for the team lead with Krisztian Nemeth and Johnny Russell.

Together, the trio make Sporting KC the only team in MLS to have three players with seven goals this season. In addition, this marks the first time in club history to have three players with seven goals before the end of June.

After a first half that featured no goals, but plenty of close chances – including an early penalty shout for Sporting, two strong saves from Melia to deny Hector Jimenez and Harrison Afful, as well as a handful of near misses from the two sides – Sporting secured the full three points thanks to a dominant second half performance.

Just minutes after the halftime break, Sporting produced the decisive breakthrough goal thanks to the hustle – and skill – of Fernandes. The fleet-footed winger did well to keep the ball from crossing the endline then slipped the ball between the legs of Luis Argudo with his very next touch before finally delivering a cross onto the head of Gutierrez to re-direct into the back of the net from three yards out.

The Sporting Kansas City defense, boosted on the night by the return of captain Matt Besler, would do the rest, allowing only two shots in the second half – both of which were superbly saved by Melia less than a minute apart. The former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year first thwarted Robinho in the 62nd minute then dove quickly to his left to keep out a well-struck half volley from David Guzman moments later.

In addition to providing the game-winning assist, Fernandes also provided Sporting with a man advantage for the final 15 minutes after he was brought down on a breakaway just outside the penalty area in the 74th minute. Referee Allen Chapman showed Afful a straight red card for denying the goal scoring opportunity and Sporting refused to let the lead slip away after suffering that fate in each of the team’s previous two MLS matches.

Sunday’s victory improves Sporting to 7-1-2 in the past 10 MLS matches against Columbus dating back to 2013 and an impressive 4-1-2 in the team’s last seven games at MAPFRE Stadium.

Sporting Kansas City will next head to Real Salt Lake to close out the team’s five-game road trip in the month of June. The 2013 MLS Cup rematch will kick off at 9 p.m. on Saturday live on FOX Sports Kansas City.

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T-Bones rained out Saturday, scheduled to play doubleheader today

The Kansas City T-Bones and the Cleburne Railroaders were rained out in the middle of the third inning because of unplayable field conditions Saturday night at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. The skies opened and after an hour and half wait the game was suspended.

It has been a record setting spring and summer for rain fall in Kansas City. This is the sixth time the T-Bones have been rained out at T-Bones Stadium this season. The two teams will pick up the game at 1:05 p.m. and complete the first game and then play a seven-inning game on Sunday, following the completion of the first game.

Tickets for Saturday night’s game will be good for any future regular-season home game and may be exchanged at the Saint Luke’s box office at T-Bones Stadium for a ticket of equal or lesser value, subject to availability.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages as well as mini plans are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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