Big second inning leads T-Bones to win

The T-Bones scored four runs in the second inning, which proved to be enough as Kansas City took the first game of a doubleheader Saturday over Sioux Falls, 4-2, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas City took an early lead off Sioux Falls starter Joe Bircher (2-5) and would never look back. Byron Wiley led off the second inning with a single before Vladimir Frias launched a two-run home run over the left-field wall. Brian Erie and Robby Kuzdale both reached base later in the inning and scored on a hit by T.J. Mittelstaedt, helping Kansas City extend its lead to 4-0.

Sioux Falls’ Carlos Mendez hit a solo homer in the fourth that cut the Kansas City advantage to 4-1, but that would be it for the Canaries off Kansas City starter Casey Barnes, who was making his debut for the club. The right-handed Barnes (1-0) scattered six hits with three strikeouts over 5 innings on his way to his first win of the season. Kris Regas tossed a perfect seventh inning for his 11th save of the season.

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Offense struggles in T-Bones loss

The T-Bones stranded 13 runners Friday night, falling 2-1 to Sioux Falls on the fourth of July series opener in front of 8,117 fans at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Offensively Kansas City was anything but stagnant, recording nine hits in the loss. It was the lack of timely hits and extra-base hits (two) that resulted in the T-Bones leaving 13 batters stranded. The T-Bones threatened in nearly every inning including loading the bases in the ninth with one out before Nick Schwaner grounded into a game-ending double play.

The Canaries needed just enough offense to take game one. That offense came first in the top of the third. With an 0-1 count, Canaries shortstop Stephen Branca launched a leadoff solo home run over the left-field wall giving Sioux Falls a 1-0 lead.

Sioux Falls tacked on another run in the fourth inning. Both Carlos Mendez and Chris Valencia hit back-to-back doubles, starting things off in the inning, driving in one run.

Both starters went deep into the game, giving their bullpens much needed rest. Kansas City starter Daniel Barone (5-2) received the loss after getting shook up in the third and fourth. Barone went 7 innings, striking out six allowing two runs off eight hits.

Sioux Falls starter Kyle Vazquez (4-3) picked up the win after shutting down the Kansas City offense. He tossed 6 scoreless innings, allowing only seven hits, and striking out a pair of batters.

Alan DeRatt notched his 10th save of the year despite giving up the lone T-Bones run in the ninth when David Espinosa singled past short, bringing home T.J. Mittelstaedt.

The T-Bones (22-25) and Canaries (20-27) continue their four-game series with a doubleheader starting Saturday at 5:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Goldeyes complete sweep of T-Bones

The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored six runs in the second inning, and went on to beat Kansas City, 18-10, Thursday night at Shaw Park in Winnipeg, Canada.

Winnipeg, which swept the three-game series en route to its eighth straight win, took advantage of six consecutive hits in the second inning off of Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle DeVore (2-2), including Ray Sadler’s ninth home run of the season. In getting the loss, DeVore gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 3 innings.

Even without DeVore in the game, the Goldeyes continued their offensive show by scoring three more in the fourth and two in the fifth off Kansas City reliever Matt Smith. They then tacked on six runs against Chris Squires. Derek Gordon, who made his T-Bones debut, pitched 1 inning and was the only Kansas City pitcher who didn’t allow a run.

Kansas City got on the board with an exciting five-run sixth, which featured RBI hits from David Espinosa, Byron Wiley and Nick Schwaner that pulled the T-Bones to within 12-5. Wiley and Bryan Sabatella each had three hits, including a double, for the T-Bones. Wiley accounted for half of Kansas City’s runs with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Winnipeg starting pitcher Nick Hernandez (5-0) got the win in spite giving up five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

The T-Bones (22-24) look to get back on track with a six-game homestand beginning Friday night at 7:05 at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. Fireworks are planned after the game. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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