The T-Bones found their power stroke at CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night, slugging their way to a 5-4 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
The RedHawks jumped out to an early lead on Kansas City starter Rick Zagone. Zach Penprase led off the game with a double off the left field wall and quickly came around to score on a Ronnie Bourquin double. Sawyer Carroll later scored Bourquin on a sacrifice fly that pushed the Fargo-Moorhead advantage to 2-0.
Zagone (2-0) then settled down and retired 20-of-21 RedHawk batters, including a stretch where he retired 11 in a row. He finished the night with six strikeouts over his seven innings of work.
Kansas City finally got to Fargo-Moorhead starter Brian Ernst (0-2) in the fourth. Robby Kuzdale legged out a bases loaded, RBI fielder’s choice that scored Danny Richar and cut the deficit in half. Byron Wiley then mashed a three-run home run over the right field wall, giving the T-Bones a 4-2 lead.
The T-Bones added to their lead in the sixth. Kuzdale tripled to centerfield off Fargo reliever Justin Erasmus and came home on a wild pitch soon afterwards, extending their lead to 5-2.
The RedHawks rallied in the ninth, scoring two and putting the tying run on base. Kansas City reliever Kris Regas forced a ground out that ended the game and gave Regas his second save.
With the win, Kansas City moves to 4-5 on the season, while the RedHawks fall to 4-4. The T-Bones continue their four-game series with Fargo-Moorhead on Saturday 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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The T-Bones fell to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 4-2 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday night despite a solid effort by starting pitcher Pat Doyle.
Doyle worked around trouble nearly his entire outing, but managed to hold the RedHawks to a single run over his 4 2/3 innings of work. The right-handed Doyle stranded six base runners, collected six strikeouts and induced a key double play in the first inning.
The RedHawks got their only run off Doyle in the second after a pair of hits, including a double off the wall by former T-Bone Petey Paramore, and then an RBI groundout by Tim Alberts.
Kansas City responded in the fourth, tying the game at 1-1 following an RBI single by Danny Richar. Vladimir Frias added an RBI single of his own that gave the T-Bones a 2-1 lead. Byron Wiley then smoked a line drive right at Fargo-Moorhead starter Jake Laber, who deflected the ball and managed to throw out Wiley, ending the inning.
The T-Bones once again found themselves in trouble in the sixth, and finally failed to escape unscathed. Ronnie Bourquin drew a two-out, based loaded walk that tied the game at 2-2 off Kansas City reliever Kristhiam Linares. Sawyer Carroll then laced a single up the middle off Chris Squires and scored two more runs to take the decisive 4-2 lead.
Jake Laber (1-1) notched the win for Fargo-Moorhead, pitching 5 1/3 strong innings. He allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Linares (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City. Nate Garcia picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth for the RedHawks.
The T-Bones (3-5) continue their series with Fargo-Moorhead (4-3) Friday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
The T-Bones continue the regular season with home games on Thursday-Sunday against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
This weekend features plenty of promotions for fans of all ages.
Thursday: $1 beers all night by Cell Phone Repair (CPR) for the 7:05 p.m. game against Fargo-Moorhead.
Friday: Wizard of Oz Night: Dress as your favorite character and receive a buy one get one free berm ticket sponsored by the Kansas City Zoo; free Kansas City Zoo pass giveaway (first 1,500 kids 12 and under) by the Kansas City Zoo; $1 Hot Dog Night ($1 hot dogs with purchase of a drink); Appearance by Falcon Skydiving team for the 7:05 p.m. game against Fargo-Moorhead.
Saturday: Post-game fireworks by Verizon for the 7:05 p.m. game against Fargo-Moorhead.
Sunday: Memorial Day Weekend sponsored by SportClips; free 5,000 buy one get one free Schlitterbahn pass giveaway sponsored by Schlitterbahn; Savers Sundays by Savers (show your Savers club card and get $2 off berm tickets); Pre-Game player autographs by Savers; Special Post-game fireworks by Verizon; Reading Program Night for the 7:05 p.m. game against Fargo-Moorhead.
Tickets for the four Fargo-Moorhead games are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.