Mittelstaedt’s bat lifts T-Bones

T.J. Mittelstaedt’s monster night led the T-Bones to a 9-6 victory against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 6,018 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Mittelstaedt went 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run. He finished with four RBIs, two runs and was only a triple short of the cycle.

Kansas City scored five runs in the sixth inning. The frame began with four singles, one being an RBI by Darrell Hudson. Mittelstaedt then came through with a bases loaded two-RBI double that tied the game 5-5. Robby Kuzdale scored on a throwing error by Gary pitcher Stephen Hiscock (3-4). Jonny Kaplan made it 7-5, scoring Mittelstaedt on a sacrifice fly.

The RailCats came back with a run in the seventh inning. Derek Smith tried to add another run that would have tied the game but he was thrown out at the plate by Kaplan.

Kris Regas pitched a scoreless ninth inning, notching his 10th save of the year.

Mike Nannini struggled for the T-Bones, pitching 4 1/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, five runs (all earned), one walk and striking out nine.

With the win, the T-Bones (21-21) take the first two games of the series against the Central Division leading RailCats (23-18). Kansas City will go for the sweep in Sunday’s series finale starting at 5:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Barone retires 11 straight in T-Bones win

Kansas City ace Daniel Barone had a solid outing in the T-Bones 4-2 win over Gary SouthShore in front of 5,243 fans at CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night in Kansas City, Kan.

Despite giving up two early solo home runs, Barone picked up his fifth win of the year as he allowed just two runs off six hits and struck out five. Barone retired 11 straight batters before exiting after 7 innings.

Kansas City jumped on the RailCats with two runs in the first inning. After a leadoff walk and a throwing error by starter Dustin Crenshaw, the T-Bones had runners at second and third with no outs. David Espinosa then hit a slow roller toward third, driving in T.J. Mittelstaedt. Nick Schwaner followed suit with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Jonny Kaplan.

Gary SouthShore took back one of those runs when Craig Maddox led off the second with a homer into the T-Bones bullpen.

After Kansas City took a 3-1 lead in the second inning on a two-out RBI single by Mittelstaedt, Danny Pulfer led off the third with a home run that cut the T-Bones lead to 3-2.

Crenshaw settled down and retired 16 consecutive batters in a losing effort, as he gave up three runs off five hits in 7 innings of work.

Kansas City reliever Kris Regas notched his ninth save on the year with two scoreless frames.

The T-Bones (20-21) continue the three-game series against the RailCats (23-17) Saturday 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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Sabatella ties club record in T-Bones win

Bryan Sabatella has a dozen multi-hit games in 2014 but his biggest came Thursday night in Kansas City’s 11-7 win over Amarillo.

Sabatella tied a T-Bones club record with five hits — four singles and a double — as Kansas City split the four-game series with the Sox in Amarillo, Texas.

Sabatella and Kansas City jumped ahead early against Amarillo starting pitcher Dayne Quist (1-3). After Sabatella led off the game with a single, Vladimir Frias delivered one of his three hits in the game. Two batters later, Byron Wiley launched a deep sacrifice fly that allowed Sabatella to score one of his three runs in the game and give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived, however, when T-Bones starting pitcher Rick Zagone allowed a two-run home run to Brandon Pinckney that gave Amarillo a 2-1 lead.

The bats returned for the T-Bones, which were swept in a doubleheader against Amarillo during this series, in a four-run second inning in which eight straight T-Bones reached base, giving Kansas City a 5-2 lead. The T-Bones added two more in the fourth and another four-run inning in the sixth.

Although he allowed 10 hits and six runs in 6 innings, Zagone (6-1) is now tied for the league lead with six wins. Pat Doyle picked up his first save of the season as he pitched three innings out of the bullpen, and allowed just one run on three hits.

Both teams hammered out 13 hits, led by Sabatella, who’s the first T-Bones player with a five-hit game since Keanon Simon got five in August 2011 — at Amarillo.
The T-Bones (19-21) split the four-game series with Amarillo (15-24) and now get set for a quick three-game homestand against Gary SouthShore beginning Friday night at 7:05 at Community America Ballpark. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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