Big inning leads T-Bones to win

A four-run sixth inning led the T-Bones to a 5-3 victory over the St. Paul Saints on Sunday evening in front of a crowd of 5,560 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Heading into the sixth, trailing 3-1, Kansas City scored four runs in the inning and took a 5-3 lead.

The frame started with a double by Matt Padgett, who scored on a two-out double by Nick Schwaner.

Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Brian Erie, who came through in the clutch with a bases-clearing single to right field that gave the T-Bones the decisive lead.

Pitcher Joe Van Meter was solid in his T-Bones starting debut. He pitched four innings, allowing four hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and four strikeouts.

Padgett had a solid night at the plate for the T-Bones, going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.

Reliever Pat Doyle (5-4) picked up his fifth victory of the season after pitching 2 1/3 innings, and 2014 American Association All-Star Kris Regas notched his 16th save.

Willie Cabrera was the main source of St. Paul’s offense, going 2-for-4 with a single and a home run.

With the win, the T-Bones (36-37) take the first game of this four-game series against St. Paul (41-31). The series continues Monday 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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Kansas City rallies for series split

The Kansas City T-Bones scored in just one inning Saturday night, but that’s all they needed with a 3-2 victory over Gary SouthShore at the U.S. Steel Yard.

For the fourth consecutive game, the RailCats scored first, this time with a solo home run from Cody Bishop in the fifth inning against Kansas City starting pitcher Andy Noga (2-3). That lone run was the only mistake by Noga, who got his second with of the season after allowing just one run on three hits through 6 dominating innings.

The T-Bones, trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, had enough of RailCats starting pitcher Morgan Coombs (5-7), by scoring three runs and taking a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, T.J. Mittelstaedt tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield that scored Bryan Sabatella, who led off the inning with his second of three hits in the game. Two batters later, Danny Richar hit a towering one-hopper over the head of first baseman Craig Maddux, resulting in a two-out, two-RBI triple that scored Vladimir Frias and Robby Kuzdale.

After Gary SouthShore added a run in the eighth against reliever Pat Doyle, Kansas City’s All-Star closer Kris Regas picked up his 15th save of the season with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

The T-Bones split the four-game series with Gary, and ended the roadtrip with a 4-3 record after taking two out of three from Lincoln last weekend. With Saturday night’s win, Kansas City (35-37) pulled to within six games of first-place Gary SouthShore (41-31) with 27 games remaining.

The T-Bones returned home Sunday afternoon for a four-game homestand against the St. Paul Saints with Sunday’s first pitch slated at Community America Ballpark.

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Pitching struggles in T-Bones loss

Kansas City spotted Gary SouthShore seven runs through five innings, which was too much of a deficit in an 8-5 loss Friday night at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

For the third time in this series, the RailCats took a 2-0 lead. Unlike Thursday night, though, when the T-Bones pitchers were able to hold the Gary SouthShore offense at bay long enough for Kansas City to take the lead and go on to win 8-3, the T-Bones’ first two pitchers, Rick Zagone and Jared Messer, gave up nine hits and eight runs through 5 1/3 innings.

Kansas City’s offense finally got to Gary SouthShore starter Stephen Bougher in the top of the sixth inning. Trailing 7-0, T.J. Mittelstaedt tagged Bougher (6-5) for a one-out home run, Mittelstaedt’s 12th of the season. Then, with two outs, Matt Padgett singled, moved to second on a base hit by Ray Sadler, and then scored on a double by Nick Schwaner.

The RailCats, however, answered with an insurance run against reliever Messer in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-2 lead. It was the third run Messer gave up in 2 innings of relief. For the starter Zagone (6-5), who was Kansas City’s most dependable starter early in the season, it was another rough outing. Zagone exited after 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and five hits. It was the fourth consecutive start in which he’s allowed at least five runs.

The T-Bones put together a two-out rally in the seventh. With Vladimir Frias and Brian Erie on base with two outs against relief pitcher Chuck Fontana, Danny Richar singled in Frias. Padgett then roped a double that scored Erie and Richar that cut the RailCats lead to 8-5.

Padgett, who was one of the league’s best hitters last season and re-joined the T-Bones earlier this road trip on July 25, had his first three-hit game in a T-Bones uniform since July 30, 2013. He went 3-for-5 Friday with a run scored and two RBIs.

Kansas City started the eighth with back-to-back hits and looked primed for another come-from-behind win, but Frias and Erie both struck out, and Robby Kuzdale ended the comeback bid with a groundout.

The T-Bones (34-37) and RailCats (41-30) will conclude the four-game series Saturday night at 7:10.

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