Bullpen falters in T-Bones loss

The Kansas City T-Bones saw a one-run lead erased in the ninth inning, before falling 7-4 to Fargo-Moorhead in front of 5,016 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kan.

Clinging to a 4-3 lead, relief pitcher Chris Squires was three outs away from notching his second save. He gave up a leadoff triple to Tim Alberts who was later brought home as the tying run on an error by Vladimir Frias.

Manager John Massarelli then called on pitcher Chris Squires (1-1) with two on and one out. Squires surrendered a two-RBI double to Sawyer Carroll, and an RBI single to Ronnie Bourquin in the first two batters he saw. That’s all the RedHawks needed.

“You can’t have mental and defensive lapses late in the game or it’s going to cost you,” said Massarelli, whose T-Bones are now 4-6.

The T-Bones scored all four of their runs in the third. Trailing 2-0 with two outs and the bases loaded, Bryan Sabatella and Nick Giarraputo ripped back-to-back two-RBI singles, giving Kansas City a 4-2 lead.

Matt Smith made his first start in a T-Bones uniform. Smith, who left with a lead after five innings, gave up three runs off seven hits. The RedHawks got to Smith quickly, though, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. They tacked on another run in the top of the third after Zach Penprase tripled into left field and was brought home on a sacrifice fly. C.J. Retherford clobbered a solo shot in the top of the fourth over the left field wall cutting the deficit to one run.

Kansas City and Fargo are scheduled to wrap up the series and the T-Bones homestand Sunday evening at 7:05, with fireworks following the game. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Wiley, Zagone lead T-Bones over RedHawks

The T-Bones found their power stroke at CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night, slugging their way to a 5-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

The RedHawks jumped out to an early lead on Kansas City starter Rick Zagone. Zach Penprase led off the game with a double off the left field wall and quickly came around to score on a Ronnie Bourquin double. Sawyer Carroll later scored Bourquin on a sacrifice fly that pushed the Fargo-Moorhead advantage to 2-0.

Zagone (2-0) then settled down and retired 20-of-21 RedHawk batters, including a stretch where he retired 11 in a row. He finished the night with six strikeouts over his seven innings of work.

Kansas City finally got to Fargo-Moorhead starter Brian Ernst (0-2) in the fourth. Robby Kuzdale legged out a bases loaded, RBI fielder’s choice that scored Danny Richar and cut the deficit in half. Byron Wiley then mashed a three-run home run over the right field wall, giving the T-Bones a 4-2 lead.

The T-Bones added to their lead in the sixth. Kuzdale tripled to centerfield off Fargo reliever Justin Erasmus and came home on a wild pitch soon afterwards, extending their lead to 5-2.

The RedHawks rallied in the ninth, scoring two and putting the tying run on base. Kansas City reliever Kris Regas forced a ground out that ended the game and gave Regas his second save.

With the win, Kansas City moves to 4-5 on the season, while the RedHawks fall to 4-4. The T-Bones continue their four-game series with Fargo-Moorhead on 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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Doyle’s solid start not enough for T-Bones

The T-Bones fell to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 4-2 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday night despite a solid effort by starting pitcher Pat Doyle.

Doyle worked around trouble nearly his entire outing, but managed to hold the RedHawks to a single run over his 4 2/3 innings of work. The right-handed Doyle stranded six base runners, collected six strikeouts and induced a key double play in the first inning.

The RedHawks got their only run off Doyle in the second after a pair of hits, including a double off the wall by former T-Bone Petey Paramore, and then an RBI groundout by Tim Alberts.

Kansas City responded in the fourth, tying the game at 1-1 following an RBI single by Danny Richar. Vladimir Frias added an RBI single of his own that gave the T-Bones a 2-1 lead. Byron Wiley then smoked a line drive right at Fargo-Moorhead starter Jake Laber, who deflected the ball and managed to throw out Wiley, ending the inning.

The T-Bones once again found themselves in trouble in the sixth, and finally failed to escape unscathed. Ronnie Bourquin drew a two-out, based loaded walk that tied the game at 2-2 off Kansas City reliever Kristhiam Linares. Sawyer Carroll then laced a single up the middle off Chris Squires and scored two more runs to take the decisive 4-2 lead.

Jake Laber (1-1) notched the win for Fargo-Moorhead, pitching 5 1/3 strong innings. He allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Linares (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City. Nate Garcia picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth for the RedHawks.

The T-Bones (3-5) continue their series with Fargo-Moorhead (4-3) Friday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.