Messer sharp as T-Bones snap streak

Amarillo, Texas – Kansas City used a strong start from pitcher Jared Messer as it snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Amarillo on Wednesday night.

The T-Bones got on the board first with a two-run fourth inning. Matt Padgett scored the first run off a wild pitch from Amarillo starting pitcher Clayton Tanner (2-2), and Bryan Sabatella grounded out to the shortstop Kyle Bellows, allowing Ray Sadler to score and giving the T-Bones a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, Kansas City used two doubles from Brian Erie and T.J. Mittelstaedt to take a 3-0 lead.

That’s all Messer needed. Making just his second professional start, Messer gave up only one run and five hits, struck out seven and didn’t allow a walk in 7 innings.

Amarillo finally was able to break through against Messer in the bottom of the fifth, when the Sox scratched across their only run of the night courtesy of Gerardo Valentin’s RBI single that scored Jason Martin from second base.

T-Bones closer Kris Regas battled through the final 1 1/3 innings, but slammed the door for his 17th save of the season.

The win breaks a seven-game losing streak, which was the longest since the club lost eight in a row early in the 2011 season.

The T-Bones (37-44) look to win the series outright Thursday night against Amarillo (29-51), with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

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T-Bones current skid extends to seven

Amarillo, Texas – Amarillo erased an early deficit and cruised to a 9-4 victory Tuesday night en route to handing Kansas City its seventh consecutive loss.

This is Kansas City’s longest losing streak since dropping a club-record eight games during May 27-June 3, 2011.

Things looked good for the T-Bones early in the game Tuesday, when Matt Padgett doubled in T.J. Mittelstaedt off of Amarillo starting pitcher Matt Larkins (6-5), giving Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

The T-Bones added another run in the fourth inning when Bryan Sabatella drove in Ray Sadler with two outs. Sabatella ended the night with two hits, giving him five consecutive multi-hit games. He has 12 hits during the past five games.

Amarillo, down 2-0, then scored in the game’s final four innings, with five runs charged to Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle DeVore (3-6) over 5 2/3 innings. The big inning came when the Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a two-run hit from Andres Rodriguez.

The T-Bones struck out 13 times, and walked just three times.

The T-Bones (36-44) look to even the series in Amarillo (29-50) Wednesday night at 7:05.

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T-Bones swept by Laredo

Laredo, Texas – Another night, another offensive explosion by the Laredo Lemurs. The Lemurs finished a four-game sweep of the T-Bones at Uni-Trade Stadium behind an 8-2 win Monday night.

The T-Bones scored early, as was the case in all four games in Laredo, with one run in the top of the first. With two outs, Bryan Sabatella drove in Vladimir Frias, who reached base with a one-out single.

The lead was short-lived for Kansas City, which saw Laredo score three runs in the bottom of the first inning against starter Casey Barnes, capped off by a two-run double by JP Ramirez. That gave Laredo all the runs it needed.

The Lemurs pulled away, however, with a three-run sixth inning, including an RBI double by former T-Bones outfielder Byron Wiley. Barnes (2-4), who was charged with all three runs in the inning, allowed seven runs and 10 hits through 5 2/3 innings.

The T-Bones had only one less hit than Laredo (11-10), but stranded 10 runners as Laredo pitchers recorded nine strikeouts, with the lion’s share going to starter Casey Harman (5-1), who struck out six.

Although Kansas City scored nine runs during two of the games in this four-game sweep, the Lemurs outscored the T-Bones 41-25 in the series, thanks in part to 10 home runs.

The T-Bones (36-43) have lost six in a row and are seven games below .500 for the first time in 2014. The last time the T-Bones lost six in a row was Aug. 28-Sept. 2 — the last six games of the 2013 season. Kansas City now travels to Amarillo (28-50) for a three-game series starting Tuesday night at 7:05.

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