Canaries fly past T-Bones with four homers

Sioux Falls, S.D. — The Sioux Falls Canaries have been waiting for their offense to get into a groove. Unfortunately for the T-Bones, the Canaries found that groove with four home runs in a 12-5 win over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Kansas City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a two-run home run by T.J. Mittlestaedt off Sioux Falls starting pitcher Kyle Vasquez (2-1). That was the T-Bones’ only lead. And it was short-lived.

In the bottom of the second, T-Bones starter Matt Smith (0-1) plunked A.J. Kirby-Jones and then delivered back-to-back walks to Chris Valencia and Shelby Ford, which set up a grand slam by Chris Duffy. The Canaries took a 5-2 lead later in the inning on an RBI single by Carlos Mendez.

Smith lasted three innings and allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks. Free passes were once again a major problem to Kansas City’s woes. Kansas City pitching allowed four walks and hit two batters, all of which scored.

The Canaries added three more home runs in four at-bats later in the game when Kirby-Jones homered with two outs in the sixth, and then Ford and Duffy led off the Sioux Falls seventh with back-to-back home runs.

The T-Bones out-hit the Canaries 12-11, as every Kansas City batter reached base except Nick Giarraputo. Byron Wiley went 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.

The T-Bones look to even the series Friday night with Daniel Barone (1-0) on the mound. Sioux Falls will counter with Joe Bircher (0-1) for the 7:05 first pitch from Sioux Falls Stadium. The game can be heard on 1660-AM in Kansas City or worldwide at
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Errors derail T-Bones in doubleheader sweep

Gary, Ind. – The T-Bones committed seven errors Wednesday afternoon, costing the team seven runs in what turned out to be a doubleheader sweep to Gary SouthShore, 9-0 and 4-3, at the U.S. Steel Yard.

Pat Doyle (1-1) started the first game and was doing fine until errors by Kansas City’s defense resulted in four unearned runs in the third inning. Doyle pitched five innings and allowed six runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks. Nick Giarraputo was the only T-Bone with two hits, including his third double of the season.

The T-Bones committed three errors in the first of two seven-inning games as a result of rain Tuesday night.

Kansas City’s defense fared worse in the second game, committing four miscues in the nightcap, started by Rick Zagone, who took a no-decision after pitching six innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits.

Errors in the sixth and eighth innings gave the RailCats the tie and win, respectively. In the sixth, with runners on the corners and one out, T.J. Mittelstaedt fielded a groundball at third and threw wildly to catcher Danny Masiello that allowed Gary to tie the game at 3-3.

Then, in the eighth with Chris Squires (1-2) on the mound, there was a miscommunication between left fielder Byron Wiley and shortstop Vladimir Frias that resulted in a collision and a two-base error. Pinch-hitter Craig Maddox then won the game with a bloop single to centerfield that gave Gary SouthShore the 4-3 win and the series, two games to one.

Kansas City, still searching for its first series win, will continue the roadtrip with a four-game series at Sioux Falls starting at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. The game can be heard on 1660-AM in Kansas City or online at

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Sabatella and two-out hits key T-Bones in win

Gary, Ind. — Rain might’ve suspended Monday night’s game until Tuesday, but it didn’t affect Bryan Sabatella’s bat.

Sabatella had three hits and two RBIs, including one with a two-out hit in the ninth in Kansas City’s 7-4 win over Gary SouthShore that concluded Tuesday night at the U.S. Steel Yard.

After hitting his first home run of the season in the fourth inning Monday night during the first part of the game, Sabatella was one of three T-Bones with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning as play resumed Tuesday night. David Espinosa and Nick Giarraputo delivered the other two hits that broke the 4-4 tie and gave Kansas City its eventual win.

Relief pitcher Kris Regas, who was on the mound in the eighth inning Monday night when rain suspended the game at 4-4, pitched a scoreless ninth on Tuesday for his first win of the season.

Byron Wiley and Espinosa each scored two runs for Kansas City, which improved to 6-6 on the season and took a half-game lead over Gary in the Central Division.

Kansas City starter Andy Noga pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits.

The RailCats attacked the Kansas City bullpen with a solo run in the sixth off lefty reliever Zach Fowler and added two runs on three straight hits off Regas before rain stopped the action.

Shortly after the completion of the first game Tuesday, rain started again and forced Tuesday night’s scheduled game to be postponed until Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. First pitch for those two games is 11:05 a.m. The game can be heard on 1660-AM in Kansas City or online at

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