Barnes terrific for T-Bones in shutout

T-Bones starting pitcher Casey Barnes threw seven-plus shutout innings and Aaron Baker finished things off as Kansas City shut out Gary SouthShore, 4-0, Wednesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

After giving up a combined 18 runs in the first two games of the series, the T-Bones shut out the RailCats in back-to-back games, the first time they have done that this season. Barnes (3-3) had a strong outing, giving up six hits and no walks, while striking out three, in 7 1/3 innings.

The T-Bones, who are now 26-4 when scoring first, manufactured their first run of the game in the second inning.

Vladimir Frias led off the second inning with a single and stole second. Then, with Kyle Richards at the plate, Frias stole third. When the throw from catcher Jaime Del Valle got away from third baseman Roger Bernal, Frias headed home for the 1-0 Kansas City lead.

Kansas City added two more runs in the fifth inning. With Brian Erie already on base, Ryan Cavan hit an RBI single up the middle that scored Erie from third base, giving Kansas City a 2-0 lead.

Cavan and Frias led Kansas City with three hits apiece. After a stolen base by Cavan, the next batter, Nate Tenbrink, singled to left field and scored Cavan, giving the T-Bones a 3-0 lead.

The T-Bones struck again in the seventh inning, adding one more run to their lead after Cavan scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Jake Blackwood, giving the T-Bones a 4-0 lead.

Baker pitched a perfect 1 2/3 innings for the T-Bones, getting his second save of the season.

With the four-game split against Gary SouthShore, Kansas City has not lost a series in its last 12, dating back to June 4, when the T-Bones won two-out-of-three against Amarillo.

The T-Bones (31-22) will begin a home four-game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes (24-33) starting Thursday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark with the first pitch at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the box office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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T-Bones defeat RailCats behind strong pitching performance

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After dropping the first two games of the series, the Kansas City T-Bones bounced back and defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 1-0, behind a strong pitching performance Tuesday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Unlike the first two games of the series when both teams combined for 47 hits and 29 runs, the T-Bones and RailCats combined for just six hits, while neither starting pitcher, Bobby Doran for Kansas City and Travis McGee for Gary SouthShore, gave up any runs.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. After a one-out walk to Alex Marquez and a two-out single by Ryan Cavan, Nate Tenbrink lined a base hit to right field off Gary reliever Chuck Fontana (3-2) that scored Marquez from third base, giving the T-Bones a 1-0 lead.

The RailCats threatened in the ninth inning against T-Bones reliever Fernando Hernandez (3-3), who walked two batters with one out. But Hernandez induced a fly out to center by Jose Sermo and a game-ending line out to Jake Blackwood at first by Roger Bernal.

T-Bones starter Doran went seven strong innings, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out five.

The T-Bones (30-22) are scheduled to finish their four-game series against the RailCats (27-29) Wednesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., with the first pitch at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the box office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Pitching struggles continue for T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones’ pitching struggles continued Monday night, as the team fell, 10-5, to the Gary SouthShore RailCats at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan.

One night after the RailCats scored seven runs in the first three innings against Kansas City starter Mike Nannini, Gary used timely hitting to jump on the T-Bones with six runs in the first four innings Monday.

The RailCats took a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Kansas City starter Blake Holovach. After a walk to Tillman Pugh and a single by Michael Schroeder beginning the second, Jose Sermo grounded out to Ryan Cavan, scoring Pugh from third base. Two batters later, J.D. Pulfer hit an RBI single to shallow left field that scored Schroeder.

The RailCats added four more runs in the fourth inning behind an RBI single by Pulfer, scoring Sermo and giving Gary a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, with Pulfer and Ryan Brockett already on base, Jon Jones hit a home run to right field, giving the RailCats a 6-0 lead. The home run gives Gary seven home runs as a team this season.

Things were going so well for Gary that it took a 9-0 lead in the top of the sixth against T-Bones reliever Derek Loera by getting the first six batters on base with a walk and five singles.

However, Kansas City’s defense limited the damage, as right fielder Jacob Hayes threw out Adam Taylor at home on a base hit by Jaime Del Valle. Two batters later, Del Valle was thrown out at third base by left fielder Adam Bailey on a base hit by Schroeder.

Trailing 9-0, Kansas City got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off home run by Jake Blackwood, his seventh of the season and 99th of his career.

Even though the T-Bones were facing a 10-1 deficit, they came alive in the eighth inning behind an RBI single from Vladimir Frias that scored Bailey from third base.

Two batters later, James Boddicker hit an RBI single that scored Robby Kuzdale, who reached base on a single. Then, with the bases loaded, Gary SouthShore reliever Dan Ludwig hit Cavan, making the score 10-4. Nate Tenbrink cut the lead to 10-5 with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Boddicker.

Holovach (5-1) recorded his first loss of the season after pitching 4 innings and giving up seven hits, six earned runs and three walks. Loera, who came in the fifth inning, also struggled as he pitched 2 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits.

The T-Bones (29-22) will continue their four-game series against the RailCats (27-28) Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark with the first pitch at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the box office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.