Canseco to appear at Sunday’s T-Bones game

The Kansas City T-Bones have announced that Jose Canseco will be at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Canseco, former major-league slugger, will be participating in a media-celebrity softball game, pregame batting practice, autograph signing during the first three innings of T-Bones game vs. St. Paul, and then a home run derby after the game, presented by Goodcents and Spirit Airlines.

The softball game begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3. The T-Bones game is at 5:05 p.m., and the home run derby is after the end of the baseball game. Gates open at 3 p.m.

The softball game and home run derby will benefit Harvesters, a Kansas City area community food bank. There is a special ticket, buy one get one free select seat ticket offer for fans who bring nonperishable food items to donate to Harvesters, at Gate B.

Big inning saves T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones scored eight unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings Thursday night in an 8-3 win over Gary SouthShore at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

After putting up two in the seventh and trailing 3-2, Kansas City blew the game open with a six-run eighth.

After a lead-off walk to T.J. Mittelstaedt Kevin Brahney (5-2), Danny Richar singled, moving Mittelstaedt to third. Matt Padgett then walked before Nick Schwaner added his second and third RBIs of the game with a two-run single that scored Richar and Padgett.

Bryan Sabatella then singled to right, which plated Ray Sadler, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Brian Erie doubled in Schwaner and moved Sabatella to third.

The decisive blow was a two-out, two-run single from Robby Kuzdale that capped the scoring for Kansas City.

For the second straight game, the T-Bones fell behind 2-0 after the first inning. Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle DeVore gave up those runs along with one more in 5 2/3 innings.

The T-Bones finally were able to get to Gary starting pitcher Stephen Hiscock with two runs in the seventh inning.

Schwaner got Kansas City on the board with a solo home run to right, his third of the season. Kansas City would add their second run of the inning with another two-out RBI single from Erie that scored Sabatella and pulled Kansas City to within 3-2.

Kansas City reliever Pat Doyle (4-4) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Kris Regas pitched 2 scoreless innings, preserving the win for Kansas City.

The T-Bones (34-36) and RailCats (40-30) will continue the four-game series with game three Friday night at 7:10.

Box score:

– Story from T-Bones

RailCats stymie T-Bones’ offense

Gary SouthShore jumped ahead with two runs in the bottom of the first and never trailed in a 6-3 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

The RailCats attacked T-Bones starting pitcher Casey Barnes early. Barnes led off the bottom of the first by walking Danny Pulfer, who went to third on a double by Drew Martinez.

Josh Romanski grounded out to second baseman Danny Richar, but Pulfer scored from third and Martinez moved up to the third. The next batter, Ryan Babineau, singled up the middle, driving in Martinez and capping the inning.

The RailCats added to the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Derek Smith that scored Wally Backman Jr. from first.

Kansas City got its first run of the night with a one-out single by Bryan Sabatella in the fifth inning. Sabatella stole second and third, and score on a Nick Schwaner sacrifice fly to deep center that cut the Gary lead to 3-1. The T-Bones pulled within 3-2 when Schwaner drove in Sabatella again in the seventh inning, after Sabatella tripled.

Sabatella and Robby Kuzdale each had two of Kansas City’s five hits, and combined for all three runs (Sabatella two, Kuzdale one). Meanwhile, the top five batters in the Kansas City lineup went one-for-20. The T-Bones struck out 13 times, and collected only one walk from Gary SouthShore pitchers.

The RailCats pulled away with a three-run seventh inning, which was capped by a two-run throwing error by shortstop Vladimir Frias.

After giving up eight runs in each of his last two outings, Kansas City starter Casey Barnes (2-2) allowed only three runs Wednesday in the loss. Reliever Hamilton Bennett gave up three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

The T-Bones (33-36) and RailCats (40-29) will continue their four-game series with game two Thursday night at 7:10.

Box score:
– Story from T-Bones