T-Bones lose South Division championship 5-2 to Sioux City in 13 innings

Sioux City celebrated after winning the South Division championship Sunday over the T-Bones, 5-2, in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Action from Sunday evening’s T-Bones playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. The T-Bones lost 5-2 in 13 innings to the Sioux City Explorers, who won the South Division title. (Staff photo)

It was the end of the line on Sunday evening for the Kansas City T-Bones, who lost 5-2 in 13 innings to the Sioux City Explorers.

Sioux City won its third game in the best-of-five series for Sioux City, which ends the T-Bones’ post-season.

Until the 13th inning, the game at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas, was a pitchers’ duel, with multiple pitchers for the T-Bones.

Ramsey Romano scored the T-Bones first run in the fifth inning.

It wasn’t until the eighth inning that the T-Bones scored their second run. Danny Mars doubled, and Daniel Nava brought him in to tie the game, 2-2.

The Explorers exploded for three runs in the top of the 13th inning to take the lead, and the T-Bones were unable to answer in the bottom of the 13th.

The T-Bones were the American Association champions in 2018. This playoff series was a far cry from last year’s T-Bones’ post-season attendance, as local fans ghosted the T-Bones this year.

Nevertheless, the T-Bones gave a great performance at the final game, with excellent pitching and fielding, keeping the game close for almost all of its five hours.

More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Fans participated in fun events between innings at Sunday’s T-Bones game. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fans participated in fun events between innings at Sunday’s T-Bones game. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fans participated in fun events between innings at Sunday’s T-Bones game. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fans participated in fun events between innings at Sunday’s T-Bones game. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fun events were held between innings at Sunday’s T-Bones game. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fans watched Sunday’s T-Bones game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fans watched Sunday’s T-Bones game in Kansas City, Kansas.
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. Pitcher Carlos Diaz had to leave the game with a leg injury in the 10th inning, after two scoreless innings. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More action from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Crews put the tarp on the field after the end of Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The crowd was sparse at Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game with Sioux City, at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Daniel Nava (2) was congratulated after getting a hit that scored a run in Sunday’s T-Bones game. (Staff photo)
A sliding catch in the outfield at Sunday’s T-Bones game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
Christian Correa takes a swing at Sunday’s T-Bones playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
More scenes from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
More scenes from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)
More scenes from Sunday’s T-Bones’ playoff game in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

T-Bones fall 8-2 to Sioux City in third playoff game

Action from the T-Bones playoff game on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas. Sioux City won the contest, 8-2. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Kansas City T-Bones fell 8-2 Saturday night to the Sioux City Explorers in game three of the South Division playoff series.

Sioux City now leads the series, 2-1.

It’s a best-of-five series that continues at 5:05 p.m. Sunday at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

With a win Sunday, Sioux City would win the division title and eliminate the T-Bones. A win for the T-Bones would tie the series at 2-2 and result in a deciding game Monday.

The T-Bones got six hits and left 13 runners on base during the night. The Explorers got 14 hits, but also made three errors.

Tickets to Sunday’s game are $8 and are available at the T-Bones St. Luke’s box office, online at www.tbonesbaseball.com, or by calling 913-328-5618.

For more details about Saturday night’s game, see www.tbonesbaseball.com/news/?article_id=3902 .

More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More between innings fun Saturday night at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More between innings fun Saturday night at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More between innings fun Saturday night at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More between innings fun Saturday night at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More between innings fun Saturday night at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More between innings fun Saturday night at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More baseball action from the third playoff game Saturday night between the T-Bones and the Sioux City Explorers, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

T-Bones shut out, 11-0, in second division playoff game

Sioux City, Iowa — Thursday night was another “slugfest” in the American Association South Division Championship series but unlike the first game of the series it was a one-sided affair.

Sioux City right hander Eric Karch (1-0) tossed eight shutout innings, while the Explorers (1-1) offense rode a five-run fifth to an 11-0 blanking of the Kansas City T-Bones (1-1) to even the best-of-five game series at one game each.

The T-Bones allowed 11 walks while giving up 10 hits to Sioux City in the loss.

Jose Mesa Jr. got the start for KC and worked four innings giving up three earned runs.

The X’s took the lead off the right-hander in the home half of the first on a fielder’s choice RBI off the bat of Jeremy Hazelbaker. Two innings later the former big leaguer was at it again launching a solo home run to right to make it 2-0 Sioux City.

In the bottom of the fifth the X’s blew the game wide open. Mesa surrendered a lead-off single to Nate Samson and left the game.

Left-handed pitcher Evan Korsan struck out Hazelbaker, but after a wild pitch, Jose Sermo hit a double to score Samson, giving Sioux City a 3-0 lead.

Korsan was able to retire Dexture McCall on a fly to center for the second out but two straight walks allowed Sioux City to load the bases. Adam Sasser then drew the third straight walk for Korsan to bring in a run to make it 4-0 Sioux City.

Kyle Wren hit a double to left that skipped under a diving Casey Gillaspie.

Wren drove in three runs clearing the bases to make it 7-0 Explorers. The T-Bones never recovered in the game.

Sioux City added another pair in the seventh and eighth off the T-Bones pen.

Karch was superb for Sioux City, retiring 11 batters in a row at one point, holding KC to just four hits in a 109-pitch performance.

Following an off day for travel the series will resume in Kansas City this weekend.

Game three is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. Game four is set for 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Game five, if necessary, will be at 7:05 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at T-Bones Stadium.

The games will be broadcast on T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Tickets to all T-Bones home playoff games are $8 and are on sale now 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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