Sabatella and two-out hits key T-Bones in win

Gary, Ind. — Rain might’ve suspended Monday night’s game until Tuesday, but it didn’t affect Bryan Sabatella’s bat.

Sabatella had three hits and two RBIs, including one with a two-out hit in the ninth in Kansas City’s 7-4 win over Gary SouthShore that concluded Tuesday night at the U.S. Steel Yard.

After hitting his first home run of the season in the fourth inning Monday night during the first part of the game, Sabatella was one of three T-Bones with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning as play resumed Tuesday night. David Espinosa and Nick Giarraputo delivered the other two hits that broke the 4-4 tie and gave Kansas City its eventual win.

Relief pitcher Kris Regas, who was on the mound in the eighth inning Monday night when rain suspended the game at 4-4, pitched a scoreless ninth on Tuesday for his first win of the season.

Byron Wiley and Espinosa each scored two runs for Kansas City, which improved to 6-6 on the season and took a half-game lead over Gary in the Central Division.

Kansas City starter Andy Noga pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits.

The RailCats attacked the Kansas City bullpen with a solo run in the sixth off lefty reliever Zach Fowler and added two runs on three straight hits off Regas before rain stopped the action.

Shortly after the completion of the first game Tuesday, rain started again and forced Tuesday night’s scheduled game to be postponed until Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. First pitch for those two games is 11:05 a.m. The game can be heard on 1660-AM in Kansas City or online at tbonesbaseball.com.

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T-Bones game at Gary suspended in the eighth

Monday night’s series opener between the T-Bones and the Gary RailCats was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning, tied 4­4, because of rain.

The T-­Bones got the scoring started in the fourth inning with Bryan Sabatella’s first home run of the season which put Kansas City on top, 1-0.

In the fifth inning the T­-Bones extended the lead to three runs with RBI singles from Byron Wiley and Sabatella.

Kansas City starter Andy Noga pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits.

The RailCats attacked the Kansas City bullpen with a solo run in the sixth off lefty reliever Zach Fowler and added two runs on three straight hits off of Kris Regas before the rain stopped the action.

When the game resumes Tuesday afternoon at 5:30, the RailCats will be batting with Josh Romanski at second base with two outs. Game two will begin following the conclusion of game one. The games will be on 1660-AM in Kansas City or online at tbonesbaseball.com.
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Mittelstaedt goes deep in T-Bones victory

T.J. Mittelstaedt’s first home run of the year helped the T-Bones to a 7-3 win over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Sunday night in front of 5,826 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas City once again played with an early deficit after Ronnie Bourquin cashed in on a Zach Penprase double with a two out, RBI single in the first. Tim Alberts followed suit in the second, lacing a double down the left field line and then coming around to score on a Travis Higgs single that extended the Fargo-Moorhead advantage to 2-0.

Kansas City finally got to RedHawks’ starter Taylor Stanton in the fourth with a Nick Giarraputo RBI double that scored Bryan Sabatella. Stanton would quickly regain form, however, and strike out Mittelstaedt, stranding two and preserving a 2-1 Fargo lead.

The T-Bones would take control in the sixth. David Espinosa led off the inning with a triple and later scored on a Danny Richar single that tied the game at 2-2. Vladimir Frias then singled and scored Sabatella, who had previously legged out an infield single. That gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead. With runners still at the corners, Fargo-Moorhead called on ace reliever Joe Harris, who hadn’t given up a run in four outings, to escape the jam but saw him instead serve up a three-run homer to Mittelstaedt that gave Kansas City a 6-2 lead. That was the second home run in three games for the T-Bones, who had previously been held homerless in their first five home games.

“This offense is too good to be in the rut they have been in for too long,” manager John Massarelli said of the T-Bones five-run third.

Daniel Barone (1-0) picked up his first win of the season while Stanton (0-2) took the loss. Jared Messer got the save (1) for Kansas City.

With the win, Kansas City finishes up the home stand with an even 2-2 mark and a 5-6 record overall before embarking on a seven-game road trip Monday night.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=177677

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