Barone helps snap T-Bones’ slide

Sioux Falls, S.D. — The T-Bones got ace material from Daniel Barone in a 7-3 victory over Sioux Falls on Friday night.

Barone (2-0) didn’t walk anyone, scattered seven hits and allowed only three runs, including two in the first inning off a two-out two-RBI single from Chris Valencia. Barone then retired 19 out of the next 20 Canaries before leaving with two on and no outs in the eighth inning, as the T-Bones snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kansas City’s Vladimir Frias jump-started the offense with a one-out triple in the second. He scored on a Byron Wiley double, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

The T-Bones took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Brian Erie that scored Frias and Wiley, who was on first but came around when the ball got past right fielder Steve Tinoco. That gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead. The T-Bones would cash in on additional two-out RBIs from Danny Richar in the fifth and Erie in the eighth.

Kansas City reliever Kris Regas pitched two innings in which he allowed just one hit and struck out four. Regas, Kansas City’s only other pitcher besides Barone, allowed the lone walk for the T-Bones, compared to six free passes allowed Thursday night.

Erie ended the game going 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Frias went 3 for 5 and scored three times, pushing his season average to .321.

The T-Bones and Canaries continue the four-game series with the third match on Saturday evening at 6:05. The game can be heard on 1660-AM in Kansas City or online at

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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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