Three-run seventh sinks T-Bones

The Goldeyes scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and held off the T-Bones for the final six outs in a 7-5 win over Kansas City at Shaw Park in Winnipeg, Canada, on Wednesday night.

Winnipeg took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Luis Allen came in to score on a two-out fielding error by shortstop Darrell Hudson.

The T-Bones responded, however, with a four-run third inning, taking a 4-1 lead. Kansas City got back-to-back singles from Brian Erie and Hudson followed by a walk to T.J. Mittelstaedt that loaded the bases. The T-Bones then got RBI hits from Bryan Sabatella (2) and David Espinosa. The T-Bones had another bases loaded opportunity in the third when Jonny Kaplan was intentionally walked to bring Nick Schawaner to the plate. Schwaner grounded into a double play that ended the threat.

Holding onto a 4-3 lead, starter Rick Zagone turned the ball over to the bullpen, but Jared Messer (1-1) gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched, including three in the bottom of the seventh.

The T-Bones got the leadoff man aboard in the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to solve the Goldeyes bullpen for the second consecutive game.

The win gave Winnipeg (30-14) its seventh win in a row, and Kansas City (22-23) dropped its second in a row, and fell back below .500.

The two teams conclude their three-game series Thursday night at 6 in Winnipeg. All of the action can be heard on 1660-AM or online at tbonesbaseball.com.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=177908

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T-Bones sign pitcher Gordon

The T-Bones have signed right-handed pitcher Derek Gordon.

Gordon, who is a younger brother of Royals’ outfielder Alex Gordon, was a four-year starter at Park University where he posted a career record of 24-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched. Gordon has the most career wins and strikeouts in school history, setting both marks during his senior season.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Gordon went 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 52 strikeouts for the Pirates in 2014, leading the team in all three categories.

He was expected to be ready to play in the current Winnipeg three-game series.

In other roster moves, the T-Bones have placed pitcher Mike Nannini on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, and they have placed pitcher Derek Loera on the disabled list.

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Haerther, Abercrombie blast T-Bones

The T-Bones battled late, but the Winnipeg Goldeyes held on to a 5-3 win over Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon in Winnipeg, Canada.

The Kansas City offense got off to a quick start against Winnipeg starter Ethan Hollingsworth (2-0) with back-to-back hits in the first inning. T.J. Mittlestaedt opened the game with a bloop double to left field and advanced to third on a single by Bryan Sabatella. Mittlestaedt gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by David Espinosa.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Goldeyes started their first inning with four consecutive singles against T-Bones starting pitcher Andy Noga (0-3), who allowed Winnipeg to take a 2-1 lead. Former T-Bones outfielder Ray Sadler and Casey Haerther each had RBI hits.

Winnipeg added to its lead with home runs by Haerther and Reggie Abercrombie in the third and sixth innings off Noga, who allowed eight hits over 6 innings.

Kansas City rallied in the seventh inning with RBI hits from Jonny Kaplan and Darrell Hudson that pulled the T-Bones to within two runs at 5-3, but the rally fell short when reliever Taylor Sewitt struck out Sabatella with the bases loaded.

The T-Bones (22-22) continue their three-game series with Winnipeg (29-14) Wednesday night, with the first pitch slated for 7. All of the action can be heard on 1660-AM or online at tbonesbaseball.com.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=177902

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