T-Bones win 5-2 in Texas

by Luke Schrock

Jon Perrin’s quality start helped keep the Cleburne Railroaders (45-30) offense at bay while the Kansas City T-Bones (35-37) offense went to work early in the game to help secure a 5-2 win.

After a couple of silent innings to start off the affair, the third inning heated up for the T-Bones. Mason Davis started it off with a two-RBI triple off starting pitcher for Cleburne Charlie Gillies. Davis would score Dylan Tice and Ramsey Romano, but the T-Bones weren’t done yet.

Former Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava scored Mason Davis on a groundout to the Railroader shortstop Daniel Robertson. Tyler Marincov hit a double to score O’Malley and make it a 4-0 ballgame. Danny Mars, who was hitting sixth today for the T-Bones, scored Marincov to end the onslaught that was the third inning.

Winning pitcher Jon Perrin (4-1) fought on for six innings, only allowing two hits and two walks, but the most impressive part was he almost hit double digits in strikeouts, ending his night with nine.

Robert Calvano came in relief in the seventh inning and let go the combined shutout by letting up two runs in two innings of work, but Calvano got the outs he needed and held the Railroaders for a Carlos Diaz final inning.

Diaz came in and put the game away in the 9th with a double-play to Shawn O’Malley that capped off the win for the T-Bones.

Cleburne was solid on the mound despite the big third inning. Losing pitcher Charlie Gillies (4-6) had the roughest night with nine hits and five runs. There was only a total of two hits and one walk awarded to the T-Bones from the collective effort of Bryan Saucedo and Edward Cruz.

The Railroaders weren’t without their chance to threaten. In the seventh, Grant Buck scored Hunter Clanin off an RBI double to put Cleburne on the board, and Zach Nehrir scored Angel Reyes on an RBI double as well.

Kansas City and Cleburne have one more game left Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at The Depot. Hear all the action on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/, with Dan Vaughan on the call. The T-Bones travel back to JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium to take on the Texas Airhogs and the Railroaders follow to end the upcoming six-game homestand beginning Friday night.

Tickets to all T-Bones home games are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

Saltdogs crush T-Bones, 15-7

by Alex Dean

The Kansas City T-Bones (35-36) couldn’t contain Lincoln’s bats, as the Saltdogs (32-40) cruised to a 15-7 win Sunday in Nebraska, closing out a sweep of this weekend series.

Kansas City starter Jose Mesa Jr. (1-2) picked up the loss, giving up nine runs, eight of them earned, through three innings. Jake Hohensee (3-5) got the win for Lincoln.

The T-Bones struck first in the second inning on a two-run home run by Shawn O’Malley on a shot to right field, driving in Roy Morales off the starter Hohensee.

Saltdogs’ Cody Regis and Randolph Oduber both had RBI in a four-run bottom of the third, putting themselves in the lead at 4-2. Roy Morales would answer with an RBI single off the Saltdogs starter in the fourth, driving in Daniel Nava and bringing the game within one.

However, an eight-run bottom of the fourth by the Saltdogs, including an RBI by Cody Regis and Curt Smith off Mesa Jr. blew the game open for Lincoln.

Kevin Hamann took over for Mesa Jr. in the fourth and faced seven more batters, giving up the final three runs of the inning. Hamann went two more innings and gave up two more runs to run the score up to 14-3.

Ramsey Romano came in for mop-up duty and finished off the game for the T-Bones, giving up one run over the final two innings.

The T-Bones offense fell silent after the fourth inning, going scoreless until a four-run ninth which saw Daniel Nava hit a two-run double and Chris Colabello follow with a two-run home run off Lincoln pitcher Shairon Martis. However, this would prove to be too little too late for KC, as the T-Bones fell to the Saltdogs 15-7.

One of the T-Bones’ bright spots on offense came from Daniel Nava, who finished the day 4-5 with three doubles and two RBI.

Every T-Bone had at least one hit aside from Tyler Marincov, who went 0-4. However, Marincov had a home run taken away from him in the seventh on a leaping catch by Saltdogs left fielder Nick Schultz. He also had a hit taken away in the eighth when he grounded into a double play on a diving stop by shortstop Ivan Marin.

After an off day on Monday, the T-Bones will head to Cleburne to take on the Railroaders Tuesday Aug. 6, with a first pitch of 7:06 p.m. Tommy Collier (6-4) will take the hill for the T-Bones. The game will be on the T-Bones Broadcast Network with Dan Vaughan on the call.

Tickets to all T-Bones home games are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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T-Bones lose 4-2 in 12 innings

by Luke Schrock

The Kansas City T-Bones led for seven innings Saturday, but after the Lincoln Saltdogs tied the game in the eighth, the T-Bones were unable to score again, ending in the 12th inning with a 4-2 loss on the road in Nebraska.

The T-Bones now are 35-35 this season, with the Saltdogs at 31-40.

After 12 long innings, the decision in game two went to Reese Gregory (1-0) as the winner and Kevin Hamann (1-3) as the losing pitcher.

The T-Bones offense scored first on Saltdog starting pitcher John Brownell with a 2-run inning. Shawn O’Malley hit an RBI single scoring Mason Davis. Casey Gillaspie hit a ground ball to first for an out, allowing Dylan Tice to score from third. The T-Bones were able to accrue six hits but struggled with stranding men on base.

Former T-Bone Forrestt Allday, Daniel Herrera and Cody Regis all had good days at the plate against Kansas City Saturday, all sporting two hits apiece. Everyone in the Saltdog lineup, except Curt Smith, got at least one hit.

In the eighth inning, Lincoln’s Josh Mazzola scored Cody Regis and Forrestt Allday off a single.

After the tie, T-Bones third baseman Ramsey Romano hit a big triple in the 10th inning, but neither Dylan Tice nor Mason Davis were able to bring Romano in. Throughout the extra innings, the T-Bones’ bats went cold, and eventually it was the death of the T-Bones’ series hopes.

Pitcher Kevin Hamann entered the 12th to keep up the battle, but he gave up a walk off two-run home run by Cody Regis to right field to make it a series win for Lincoln.

The T-Bones will play to avoid the sweep at 5:05 p.m. Sunday in Lincoln. The game will be on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/, with Dan Vaughan on the call.

Tickets to all T-Bones home games are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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