KC smokes the AirHogs

by Gabby Albertson

The Kansas City T-Bones (28-25) served up a sizzling T-Bone to the Texas AirHogs (11-43) as they won 5-1 Sunday and clinched the series win on a 92-degree afternoon at T-Bones Stadium.

The T-Bones attempted to sizzle their way early on in the bottom of the second when Roy Morales hit a single. Taylor Sparks moved to first on a walk that put Morales on second. Despite Mason Davis’s single that put Sparks on second and Morales on third, the T-Bones initially struggled to bring runners home.

The AirHogs got on the board first in the top of the fourth when Stephen Haviar hit a single, sending Matt Dean home and making it 1-0, with the T-Bones trailing behind.

Kansas City, however, fought back in the bottom of the fourth when Daniel Nava hit a ground rule double; then Morales got a walk that allowed Nava to steal third base.

Then, Sparks hit a double that advanced Morales to third base and scored Nava. On a sacrifice fly to right field by Mason Davis that got him out, Sparks advanced to third while Morales scored, making it 2-1.

Casey Gillaspie hit a two-run home run for the T-Bones, scoring Christopher Colabello as well making it 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth. The T-Bones scored again in the bottom of the eighth when Danny Mars hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Davis and making it 5-1.

With the win, the T-Bones remain three games over .500 and currently sit in second place in their division. The winning pitcher is Kenny Koplove (2-2) for the Kansas City T-Bones, and the losing pitcher is Travis Ballew (1-8) for the Texas AirHogs.

The T-Bones play the St. Paul Saints at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. The game will air on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

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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Former T-Bone helps beat his old club

The fans of the Kansas City T-Bones had a big helping of pork Saturday night as the Texas AirHogs beat the Kansas City T-Bones 5-3 in game two of their three-game series in front of an expectant crowd of 4,977.

Kansas City scored first in the bottom of the second. Christian Correa hit a home run, scoring Christopher Colabello and Casey Gillaspie, making the score 3-0.

The AirHogs fought back, however, when Li Xuhong hit a sacrifice bunt to first base that scored Luo Jinjun. Then, Jonathan Moroney hit a single scoring Yang Jin, getting on the board 3-2 in the top of the third.

Texas took the lead, 4-3, in the top of the fourth when Luo Jinjun hit a double, sending Chen Junpeng to home. Then, Stephen Haviar pinch hit for Li Xuhong and hit another double, scoring Jinjun. The AirHogs furthered their lead 5-3, with a double to left center by Stewart Ijames that scored Moroney in the fifth inning.

Erik Manoah was traded to Texas on July 5 and was making his second start for the AirHogs. The former T-Bone made the most of the opportunity.

After giving up the three-run home run to Correa and a triple to Ramsey Romano, he would go on to retire the next eight batters. In the sixth he would walk two with one out and have runners at the corners but would strike out Casey Gillaspie and Daniel Nava to end the threat. He threw 112 pitches and gave us just five hits while walking three and striking out five.

The T-Bones attempted to turn up the heat to sizzle in the bottom of the sixth when Shawn O’Malley advanced to first on a walk, then stole second base, and advanced to third on an error by the catcher, Stephen Haviar. Then, after Colabello got a walk, with nothing to follow, neither of the runners scored. The T-Bones continued to struggle to bring runners home.

In the bottom of the eighth, O’Malley advanced to first on a fielder’s choice. Then, Colabello hit a single, advancing O’Malley to second. Colabello stole second base, and O’Malley stole third base, but again, no one brought them home to score.

The winning pitcher is former T-Bone Erik Manoah (1-1) for the Texas AirHogs, and the losing pitcher is Christian Binford (2-2) for the Kansas City T-Bones.

The Kansas City T-Bones and the Texas AirHogs will play their final game of the series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, July 14. The game will air on the T-Bones Broadcast Network.

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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Collier, Mars lead T-Bones over Texas

The Kansas City T-Bones started another three-game home series with the Texas AirHogs, winning game one 8-2.

The AirHogs came close to scoring in the top of the third, starting with a single by Cao Jie.

Then, a walk by Li Ning advanced Jie to second base. Later, a single by Luo Jinjun advanced Ning to second and Jie to third, but it wasn’t enough to score.

Kansas City got on the board first with a double to left field by Mason Davis. Then a single by Danny Mars scored Davis, making it 1-0 in the bottom of the third.

The score remained tied, 1-1, in the top of the fourth when Chen Junpeng advanced to first on an error by the second baseman, Dylan Tice, which advanced Xiao to home for the Texas AirHogs.

The T-Bones broke the tie when Daniel Nava hit a sacrifice fly to left field, getting out, but it was enough to score Chris Colabello, making it 2-1, in the bottom if the fourth.

KC’s Mason Davis definitely put on a show in the bottom of the fifth when he hit a single and then advanced to second on a stolen base. After Davis advanced to third on an error by the catcher, Li Xuhong, Mars hit a single, scoring Davis and making it 3-1.

Texas started off the top of the sixth with a home run by Erik Manoah, making the score 3-2.

Later, in the bottom of the eighth, the T-Bones furthered their lead 8-2, first with a single by Mars that scored Taylor Sparks.

Then, Dylan Tice advanced to first on a dropped third strike by Xuhong, which scored Davis. Then Shawn O’Malley hit a single that scored Mars. And finally, Gillaspie hit a single, scoring both Tice and O’Malley.

Winning pitcher Tommy Collier (6-3) for the Kansas City T-Bones notched another quality start, and the losing pitcher was Kevin Hilton (2-6) for the Texas AirHogs.

You can catch game two of the series between the Kansas City T-Bones and the Texas AirHogs at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The game will air on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

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. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale now.

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