Big inning propels T-Bones

A big fourth inning lifted the T-Bones to a 6-2 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts on Thursday night in front of a crowd of 5,203 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

T.J. Mittelstaedt led off the fourth inning with a double to right field, which was the T-Bones’ first hit of the game. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Wingnuts starting pitcher Anthony Capra. After David Espinosa’s second walk of the night, Danny Richar grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored Mittelstaedt.

Later in the inning, Nick Schwaner was hit by a pitch and Nick Giarraputo walked, loading the bases. Vladimir Frias came through with a two-run single that put the T-Bones up 3-1.

Wichita tallied its first run on an RBI double by J.T. Wise, scoring Brent Clevlen. The Wingnuts would add a run in the seventh as Carlo Testa scored on a Clevlen RBI single.

The T-Bones added two more runs on a two-RBI double, scoring Robby Kuzdale and Mittelstaedt in the bottom of the seventh inning. Frias also had an RBI double in the eighth inning to make the score 6-2.

Daniel Barone, who worked around a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the top of the first, earned the victory for the T-Bones, his third of the year. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run, to go along with one walk and five strikeouts. Kris Regas (4) got the save.

With the win, the T-Bones split this Kansas Turnpike Showdown with Wichita, two games to two. They welcome the Laredo Lemurs to CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Friday night at 7:05 for the start of a three-game series. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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‘Mountain Man’ to appear today at CommunityAmerica Ballpark

The Kansas City T-Bones will welcome “Mountain Man” from the hit TV series “Duck Dynasty” on Thursday, June 5, for the 7:05 p.m. game against Wichita at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

“Mountain Man,” also known as Tim Guraedy, will throw out a first pitch, meet fans during an autograph session in the team store, and serve as the guest conductor for the seventh-inning stretch.

Tickets for the game are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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Early struggles sink T-Bones

After giving up four runs in the top of the first, the T-Bones fell 6-1 to the Wichita Wingnuts in game three of the Kansas Turnpike Showdown in front of 5,015 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wingnuts, who came into the game with the third most runs scored in the American Association, jumped all over Kansas City starter Matt Smith early in the ballgame. J.T. Wise got things going for Wichita in the first, banging a two-out double off the left field wall that scored Ryan Khoury. Chris McClendon then laced a single into center, scoring Jake Kahaulelio and Wise. McClendon stole second and would come around to score on a Colt Loehrs single before the inning finally came to an end with Wichita leading 4-0 before Kansas City’s first at bat.

The T-Bones responded in their half of the first with a Danny Richar single that scored T.J. Mittelstaedt. With two on and one out, the T-Bones were looking for more but fell short when Nick Schwaner grounded into a double play.

Wichita added to its lead in the fourth. David Amberson and Taylor Oldham opened the inning with back-to-back singles and both advanced into scoring position following a groundout by Khoury. Amberson came home on a wild pitch by Smith before an RBI groundout by Carlo Testa scored Oldham and extended Wichita’s lead to 6-1.

Jon Link (2-1) picked up the win for the Wingnuts while Matt Smith (0-2) took the loss.

Kansas City falls to 9-11, while Wichita moves to an American Association best 15-6. The T-Bones conclude their series with Wichita Thursday 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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