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.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178128
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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.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178125
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Laredo hands T-Bones fifth straight loss

Laredo, Texas – The Laredo Lemurs are known for their offense, and they showed it Sunday night with a 10-9 win over Kansas City in 10 innings at Uni-Trade Stadium.

Laredo launched five home runs in the contest, but none was bigger than the one hit by Kansas City native Nick Van Stratten. After the T-Bones tied the game in the top of the ninth with a two-out rally that produced three runs, Van Stratten hit a two-out, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th against Kansas City reliever Kris Regas. It was the second loss for Regas (6-3), the T-Bones All-Star closer, during this series.

Kansas City, down 9-6 in the ninth inning, and down to its final out, collected four consecutive hits. With bases empty and two outs, Matt Padgett doubled for the second time in the game and advanced to third on Ray Sadler’s single. Then, down to his final strike, Nick Schwaner launched an RBI double down the left-field line, scoring Padgett and advancing Sadler to third. Bryan Sabatella came through with the game-tying hit for the second time in the series.

The T-Bones, however, went down in order with three strikeouts by Chad Povich (3-4) in the top of the 10th inning.

Laredo struck first off Kansas City starting pitcher Joe Van Meter with a solo home run from Dennis Phipps in the first inning. Van Meter pitched 3 1/3 innings and was charged with seven runs to go with five strikeouts in a no-decision.

The T-Bones took the lead in the top of the second, when they struck for five runs, getting RBIs from Brian Erie, T.J. Mittelstaedt, Danny Richar and Padgett. All five runs were charged to Laredo starting pitcher Cesar Carillo, who didn’t get a decision in spite of leaving with the lead after eight innings.

The T-Bones (36-42) look to snap their season-high five-game losing streak as they conclude the four-game series Monday night against Laredo (45-33) at 7:30.

Box scores: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178122